A Fort Worth teenager struck by lightning during a family vacation in July returned home Friday with a police and fire escort and cheers from his friends and neighbors.
“It’s pretty great,” Jacob Brewer said. “Can’t wait to have some home-cooked meals again.”
It wasn’t the way the 15-year-old planned to arrive home when he and his family left for a getaway in Tampa Bay more than three months ago.
Brewer was struck by lightning on the beach.
He didn’t have a pulse for 45 minutes, his family said. Passers-by gave him CPR.
He’s been in the hospital and rehabilitation ever since.
Brewer survived the ordeal but is now unable to walk.
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While he was gone, friends pitched in to remodel his home for his wheelchair, installing a ramp at the front door and putting in a hard-wood floor and making other renovations.
"I think it's really inspiring how he got through it and how his entire family is trying really hard and I think it's just a sad, inspiring story,” 11-year-old neighbor Kailyn McNeese said.
Sammy Ruff carried a sign that said, “Nothing less than a miracle.”
“It makes you believe miracles happen. And he truly is one,” Ruff said. “We're excited he's coming home."
Brewer will continue his rehabilitation in North Texas.