Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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

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

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

Ward was found by Rusty Duncan, a member of the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department, after gunman Devin Kelly shot and killed 26 people and injured 20 more.

Chris Ward's wife and Ryland's stepmother, Joann Lookingbill Ward, was among the dead, as well as Joann Lookingbill Ward's daughters, Brooke Bryanne Ward, 5, and Emily Garcia, 7.

Duncan often visited Ryland in the hospital to keep the boy's spirits up, CBS News reports. "I had no idea what it was. I rolled her over and grabbed him and started running outside with him". "So I picked him up and took him outside", Duncan said. 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.

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

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The AP reports Ryland has undergone several surgeries since the shooting and he is still undergoing treatment for wounds to his arm, leg and internal organs.

A firetruck from University Medical Center in San Antonio drove Ryland Ward to his home 30 miles away in Sutherland Springs after a two-month stay in the hospital, reports say, with the lights on, the siren blaring and the horn tooting.

When Ward learned he'd finally be going home, he wanted to go in style. "I'm happy that he can start his life being a normal 6-year-old little boy along with his sister and cousins so I think he's ready for that", Duncan said.

The little boy, who celebrated Christmas in the hospital and received 1,000 holiday cards from throughout the world, will be escorted out of the hospital by Duncan in a firetruck.

"It's just a miracle he survived and is doing as well as he is", Sandy Ward, the boy's grandmother, told UPI.

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