Sutherland Springs shooting victim Ryland Ward, 5, headed home this week

Young Texas Church Shooting Victim Finally Returns Home after Months in Hospital

Sutherland Springs shooting victim Ryland Ward, 5, headed home this week

Sutherland Springs shooting victim Ryland Ward takes his ride home in a firetruck after his release from the hospital, January 11, 2018. From the time I saw his eyes looking up at me inside the church, the whole time his eyes were open looking up at me laying on the ground to the minute I saw him for the first time at the hospital.

"We've been doing prayers every day since day one that it happened", Guadalupe Huerta said.

Duncan said that as of this week, Ryland was walking again, with assistance.

The outpouring of support will continue Thursday, as Sutherland Springs residents line the street to cheer on Ward's return home.

Duncan carried him out as quickly as he could and since the shooting he's visited him at a San Antonio hospital on Sunday's.

Ryland was rushed to the hospital and soon the young boy's mother reached out to Duncan, the firefighter said. "He walked for me for the first time. We just had a connection", Duncan said. I looked down and a little hand was coming from under somebody.

ABC News reports that now six-year-old Ryland Ward has miraculously fought to survive after receiving multiple gunshot wounds.

Ward endured multiple surgeries at San Antonio's University Hospital over more than two months since first responders found him alive but wounded amid the carnage of the November 5 mass shooting, according to UPI.

The "fighting spirit" turned 6 while he was in the hospital.

University hospital says he is the final patient from the Sutherland Springs shooting to be released.

The Stockdale Fire Department escorted him home with a ride through town on a red fire truck.

Today, Ryland was discharged from the hospital and was treated with a special ride home in a firetruck. In the Facebook post, Duncan has asked people to contact him to help give Ryland a big welcome home.

After undergoing several surgeries, Ryland has begun to make a full recovery and has started physical therapy, Ward told TIME on Thursday.

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