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02/18/2015 05:36 pm ET Updated Feb 18, 2015

Formerly Paralyzed Teen Megan Silcott Rocks The Runway At New York Fashion Week

Move over, Kendall Jenner: There's a new model in town, and her inspirational story triggered a standing ovation at New York Fashion Week.

Megan Silcott was an energetic, athletic 18-year-old when she awoke one day and was paralyzed. She was diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, a rare neurological disorder, and was put into a medically-induced coma to stop the paralysis from spreading further. Doctors warned Silcott her recovery would be "unbearable" at times, but she kept fighting until she regained the ability to walk with the help of a walker or crutches.

Then Fashion Week came calling. Designer Nina Performo asked Silcott to model one of her looks on Tuesday, and all eyes were on Silcott as she rocked the runway with a walker, then returned for one last appearance in a wheelchair for the show's finale.

Silcott told "Good Morning America" that her opportunity sends a powerful message about overcoming obstacles.

"Here I was not able to move, not thinking I would ever be able to walk again," Silcott said. "You know, it just goes to show that anything is possible and if you put your mind to it, it can get done."

Check out the video above for more on Megan Silcott's inspiring Fashion Week appearance.

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