Sutherland Springs shooting victim Ryland Ward, 5, headed home this week

6-year-old boy wounded in Texas church shooting leaves hospital

Young Texas Church Shooting Victim Finally Returns Home after Months in Hospital

Ryland, who was hospitalized for more than two months after being shot several times, will finally get his ride Thursday.

Ryland Ward spent two months in the hospital since the November 5 shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

26 people were killed at First Baptist Church in rural Sutherland Springs, Texas, authorities said. It was deemed the worst mass shooting in Texas history. At the wheel was Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Rusty Duncan, credited with rescuing the young shooting victim.

Ryland Ward, 6, a survivor of the Sutherland Springs church shooting, rides home in a fire department truck on January 11, 2018.

Duncan said he visited the boy throughout his stay at the hospital, where he went through "surgery after surgery", ABC News reported. "I rolled her over and grabbed him and started running outside with him".

He told ABC News that "Ryland's hand reached out from under his stepmom and grabbed my pant leg".

Duncan visited Ward in the hospital nearly every Sunday. From the time I saw his eyes looking up at me inside the church, the whole time his eyes were open looking up at me laying on the ground to the minute I saw him for the first time at the hospital. "Of course with my help, but he walked". "People at the hospital were nice and everything, but he turned 6 years old and had Christmas in there, and he just wanted to get out and get back to being kid", Earl McMahan, Ward's great-uncle, told UPI.

According to University Hospital, Ryland was the facility's final patient from the Sutherland Springs shooting.

"It's just a miracle he survived and is doing as well as he is", Sandy Ward, his grandmother, said. And it wasn't just locals who came to celebrate.

Some members of the Sutherland Springs community welcomed Ryland home as he passed through town on the fire truck.

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