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Standing ovation for injured gymnast who returns home

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WACO - "Welcome...home...Blake...Hyland!"   The cheers and applause brought a smile to his face and tears to the eyes of friends, family and classmates.  This afternoon at Live Oak Classical School in Waco, Blake Hyland came home.

He'd started the day doing one thing doctors said he might never do -- walking out of a Ft. Worth hospital at noon.   Two hours later he walked again, along a path of love and admiration and prayer from his friends and classmates.

It was three months and a week after a crippling gymnastics accident almost cost him his life, and the 15-year old was happy to be here. 

"I just want to say thanks to all of you for coming here and saying welcome home.  It means a lot to me and my family," he started.  His friends ran up to hug him and laugh and pose for pictures.

Pat and Cindy Hyland admit they were scared when the first heard the news about accident and Blake's brain injury and coma.

"There was a fleeting moment, then we turned right back to our God knowing he could take care of this. He's bigger than that, he proved us all right," Pat Hyland said.

Plus, Blake had a lot of help from a global online prayer page, and the family read every single message posted.    

More than 13 thousand people on a facebook page that are lighting him up in prayer every single day," his dad admitted.

Mom was lifting him up again today, behind Blake holding a back brace , while friends patiently waited for a turn to speak with him, or pray with him -- or both.

"It's a miracle, you can't say it any other way.  Doctors can't explain it, it's an absolute modern day miracle,"

Blake Hyland isn't done with therapy.  He still faces 5-6 hours a day for six months at a rehab facility in Keller in north Waco, regaining strength.  


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