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Girl who made medical history is college graduate

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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- The girl who made medical history after contracting rabies has reached a milestone.

Jeanna Giese graduated from Lakeland College in Sheboygan on Sunday. The 21-year-old has come a long way since a bat bit her in church in October 2004. She became the first person to survive rabies with a vaccine. Dr. Rodney Willoughby Jr., used an experimental cocktail of drugs and a medically-induced coma at Children's Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin to treat the rabies.

Willoughby was there Sunday when Giese received her diploma in biology. Her graduation comes after years of hard work to recover. Giese had to learn to speak, stand and walk again.

The Journal Sentinel says Giese's mother, Ann, says she and her husband would not let their daughter give up and knew that she wasn't about to.

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