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From 17-year-old single mom to doctor, OHSU grad overcame odds

Posted: Updated: June 5, 2012 06:43 AM

A 17-year-old single mom without a home or a job came to Oregon for a fresh start. 

Now, years later, she has earned a doctorate of medicine from Oregon Health & Science University.

Kelly Griffith-Bauer left Missouri after high school to start a new life with her baby boy.

She got a job, but soon she was laid off.  Instead of letting the setback get her down, she decided to take the money from her severance package and put it toward something important.

That's when she went back to school. She enrolled in pre-med classes at Portland State University and began the journey toward her diploma.

Griffith-Bauer walked across the stage in front of more than a thousand people this weekend for the OHSU graduation.

"Finally getting to this point has been just an amazing journey and having my son here watching me was just incredible," Griffith-Bauer said. "To think, I almost didn't get a high school diploma and now I have my doctorate of medicine."

Her next step is to start an internship at St. Vincent's Hospital.

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