9-year-old Phillies fan returns home
LOWER MAKEFIELD TWP., Pa. - September 10, 2011 (WPVI) -- Neighbors prepared hours before the homecoming, decorating Ryan White's house with enough balloons and banners to bring a smile to any child's face.
"We all wanted to do something for him and this is our way of showing that we care and we support him. We're here for him through his rehab," neighbor Jo Driscol said.
No one was more anxious to have him home than his older brother Kevin.
"I'm very excited. He's been in the hospital for a whole month and now he's finally coming home," Kevin said.
It's been a long road back.
Five weeks ago, 9-year-old Ryan was leaving a Phillies game in San Francisco when he was run down by a hit and run driver.
He suffered broken bones, internal injuries and a serious head injury.
Today, he was able to come home from the hospital.
Ryan's van rounded the corner with a running escort of neighborhood kids and cheering neighbors.
And there were more cheers when he took his first step.
Ryan was surrounded by love and enough good cheer to lift anyone's spirits.
"I was kind of surprised there was going to be that many people," Ryan said.
Ryan was visited by Phillies management and players while he was in the hospital.
The entire team autographed a baseball for him.
He can't wait to go to school and get to Phillies game, but Ryan still has a tough road ahead.
However, the fightin' Phils have got nothing on Ryan. He's a real fighter who can't wait to get back in the game.
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