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Young Sutherland Springs shooting survivor going home

12 January 2018

Sutherland Springs is still healing after the horrific church shooting that took 26 lives a year ago. The attack was deemed the worst mass shooting in Texas history.

Ryland Ward spent two months in the hospital since the November 5 shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

After all the grief, Thursday was a time to give thanks for one tough kid, a Sutherland Springs victim, who took five bullets and didn't quit.

The news comes from a Facebook post by firefighter Rusty Duncan, who pulled Ryland from First Baptist Church after the shooting.

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"He couldn't wait to get out the hospital".

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

Ward's survival was nothing short of a miracle, made possible by the courage of first responders, the tireless efforts of surgeons, and the selfless sacrifice of his stepmother, Joann Ward. "We're just excited to get him to come home".

Once he rushed inside the church, he went through the aisles and "started checking for people's pulses", Duncan said. "I had no idea what it was".

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"I'm here because I'm glad that little Ryland's coming home". "I started crying. It's wonderful to be in a small town and we love our children".

Ward stared up at Duncan with "glassy eyes" and kept staring, wordlessly, as Duncan picked him up and carried him to the ambulance. "He walked for me for the first time".

Duncan said he visited the boy throughout his stay at the hospital, where he went through "surgery after surgery", ABC News reported.

Sandy Ward said her grandson keeps dragging his left foot and has just 15 percent use of his left hip.

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A spokesperson with the University Health System said Ryland is the last patient to be released from its care and some members of the Sutherland Springs community will be on hand to welcome him home.

Young Sutherland Springs shooting survivor going home