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By Craig Petinak
Special to Valley News 

Meet Courtney Nuestro: A vision of fierce determination


Last updated 6/28/2018 at 7:06pm


Courtney Nuestro poses for a photo with Riverside County Office of Education Braille transcriber Cheri Norris. Despite visual impairment and needing a kidney transplant, Nuestro will attend Mt. San Jacinto College in the fall.

A visual impairment and kidney transplant can't prevent one Vista Murrieta High School class of 2018 graduate from heading to Mt. San Jacinto College in the fall.

Although Courtney Nuestro described her childhood as mostly normal, it was her kindergarten teacher who first noticed that she seemed to be bumping into things.

She was tripping even more than the typical 5-year-old child, while developing skills of coordination and body control. After a trial with glasses that didn't seem to help, her parents and teachers concluded that something was off.

"I wasn't cognizant of how bad it really...

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