Limayre Mendoza surprised her parents with her acceptance into medical school, and she used her daughter and a Barbie Doll to break the news.
In a video uploaded to video last week, Mendoza's daughter, Gabby, can be seen giving her grandfather a doctor Barbie doll.
There is a message written on the box that reads:"Mi mami va ser Doctora" ("My mom's going to be a doctor.").
Mendoza's father says, "Seriously?" and jumps up to hug his daughter. Her mother is next, and Mendoza reveals that she received her acceptance letter just the day before.
Check it out:
I beat statistics when I graduated college after having a baby at 17. Now my 6 year old got to tell her abuelitos t… https://t.co/xoODAteHAZ— Limayre Mendoza (@Limayre Mendoza)1555035041.0
Speaking to Mashable, Mendoza said she knew she wanted to be a doctor as early as the third grade, adding that "what really solidified my decision was seeing how much medicine impacts the community."
Mendoza's daughter was born when she was 17 and she started college when the girl was a month old:
"They were definitely many challenges. I would use my breaks in between classes to pump breast milk for the next day and of course I worked full time to be able to provide."
"I graduated in 2016 with my bachelors in biology. But unlike a traditional pre med I did not get accepted in a program until almost four years after graduation."
"Prepping for things like the MCAT and shadowing experiences was just something I could not do while in undergrad due to my circumstances."
Mendoza, who is married and now has another child, describes Gabby as her biggest cheerleader:
"The next couple of years are going to be really rigorous and life challenging but Gabby and I have a unique bond because of it. She has witnessed the hours I have had to spend away from her just for this moment but she never reprimands me for it. She's really my biggest cheerleader and is so understanding in spite of her young age."
Mendoza now has cheerleaders from around the globe––her post took off.
@L_Gramajo your parents are so precious, you can see the joy in their eyes! Congrats girl! ❤️— 𝓜𝓮𝓻𝓬𝓮𝓭𝓮𝓼 (@𝓜𝓮𝓻𝓬𝓮𝓭𝓮𝓼)1555046531.0
@L_Gramajo @violethazee I love how you announced this. I love your parents reaction. I love your story. Share your… https://t.co/3wQnZe3LIA— Aileen🇳🇮 #SOSNicaragua (@Aileen🇳🇮 #SOSNicaragua)1555053976.0
@L_Gramajo I’m crying! Congratulations!! ♥️♥️ https://t.co/WTmJJ3jgux— Reina Olivas (@Reina Olivas)1555046282.0
@L_Gramajo Your dads excitement made me proud of you lmao 🔥🔥🔥🙏🏻🙏🏻— B💽 (@B💽)1555043775.0
@L_Gramajo @laadyrisk Look at how proud your dad is!!! It brought tears to my eyes!!! I am proud of you and will be… https://t.co/r0wBCZiDg0— Supermarket Deisie (@Supermarket Deisie)1555067640.0
And hey, it looks like there's at least one woman on the same path! (Awesome!)
@L_Gramajo Goals!!! I also had my baby at 17 and am currently in a BSN program— can’t wait until I can tell my fami… https://t.co/FZvZbrQVIc— t (@t)1555072554.0
Mendoza was overwhelmed by the responses she received.
Okay y’all. WOW. I never expected this to blow up the way it did. The amount of support and love I have felt the la… https://t.co/kcIlLsTV6U— Limayre Mendoza (@Limayre Mendoza)1555173928.0
Congratulations! We look forward to seeing the words "Dr. Mendoza" in the future!