Young Tornado Victim Comes Home

Published: January 25, 2006  |  Source: 14wfie.com
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A homecoming for a young tornado victim.

Thirteen-year-old William Pfingston suffers from a paralyzing spinal cord injury when a twister tore through the Eastbrook mobile home park.

After months of treatment at an Indianapolis hospital, William is now back home in Evansville.

It’s been an exhausting few months for the Pfingston family. William’s battle to recover has taken an emotional toll.

Doctors say his spinal cord injury paralyzed him from the chest down, and he may never speak well again. And the treatment itself hasn’t been easy. The surgery and therapy meant frequent trips to Indianapolis.

But on Wednesday, William’s family breathed a sigh of relief.

Celebration of family and friends welcomed William home to a house that is ready to handle his new challenges in a wheelchair.

Workers were hurrying to build the wheelchair ramp, because they thought he was coming home Friday. Now, William and his family are taking on this new chapter in their lives.

William’s family wants to thank the community’s generosity during his recovery. The wheelchair accessible van and lift, along with the new ramp into their home, were all donated.

Tri-State Continues Caring for Paralyzed Boy

Reporter: Emily Sinovic
New Media Producer: Rachel Chambliss