12/27/2013 08:46 pm ET

Born In Prison, Student Now Excels At Vanderbilt


Born on Dec. 23 in a prison hospital and raised by a disabled grandmother, Cody Stothers grew up depending on “angel tree” strangers for Christmas gifts and not expecting birthday presents.

This week, he got his best present ever when he turned 22. The Vanderbilt University student learned Monday that he had been accepted on a full scholarship into the institution’s M.D./Ph.D. program — a parallel degree path toward becoming a physician and research scientist.

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