Sutherland Springs church shooting survivor Ryland Ward released from hospital

Melissa Salinas and her family and friends decorated a truck to welcome Ryland Ward home from the hospital. Terrie Smith right and other neighbors peer down the road in anticipation of his arrival Jan. 11

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The last Sutherland Springs shooting patient, Ryland Ward, returned home Thursday.

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

Ryland Ward rode in the fire truck from University Medical Center in San Antonio 30 miles to his home in Sutherland Springs, passing by the scene of the shooting that left more than two dozen worshippers at the First Baptist Church dead and about 20 others wounded. His stepmother, Joann Ward, and his two sisters, 5-year-old Brooke Ward and 7-year-old Emily Garza, were three of the 26 people killed in the shooting.

"As soon as we got him outside, his dad [Chris Ward] ran up to me and said, 'They killed my baby.' "And I told his dad, 'No, he's not dead, he's still alive, '" Duncan said".

Memorials in Sutherland Springs, Texas, for those shot and killed in the massacre at the First Baptist Church there November 5, 2017.Memorials in Sutherland Springs, Texas, for those shot and killed in the massacre at the First Baptist Church there November 5, 2017.

"The whole time I was with him, he was conscious and staring up at me". However, he has been through a lot, his great uncle said last month. "Of course with my help, but he walked".

Ward reportedly has 15 percent use of his left hip and drags his left leg as he tries to walk.




"He's a character", Duncan said.

"Joann and I were the best of friends".

The community can gather on the highway's shoulders in the grassy areas to welcome Ryland home but have been asked to give the Ward family privacy once law enforcement officials arrive at Sutherland Springs.

"He's really strong. We're all rooting for him".

Today, Ryland was discharged from the hospital and was treated with a special ride home in a firetruck.

Community members were on hand to welcome him as he passed through town.

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