BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Friends and family welcomed 15-year-old Dylan Freeman home on Wednesday, three months after he was hit by a car. In May, he was riding his bike on U.S. 61 near Gibsonville when he was hit and thrown nearly 100 feet. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head trauma.
He returned to his home in Burlington from the children's hospital in Charlotte. There, he worked on relearning the basics like how to walk, talk and feed himself. Dylan's mom, Christy Freeman, said she's proud of her son's hard work.
"His strong-will and determination to get better. He's always been like that though. And, anytime you tell him that he can't do something he's going to show you that he can and he did," Christy said.
For the second time, she brought her baby home from the hospital. She said this homecoming was even better than the one 15 years ago.
"Probably even more exciting because of everything that's happened because there was a point when I didn't think he would come home with me and he did," she said.
Dylan is now able to walk with a little support so he doesn't fall. He can talk now, too. Christy said he's come a long way in these past three months, but he still has work to do. He will continue outpatient therapy several times a week.
"My main goal is to get him back up and walking on his own and being able to care for himself on his own, so he can go back to school and hang out with his friends and just have a normal teenager life," she said.
When WFMY News 2's Emily Spain asked Dylan what the best part of coming home was he said, "My mom." He also said this to all of his supporters, "I love all of you."
"I just want to thank everybody because without all of y'all and the prayers and the love that we've gotten and the support, we couldn't have done this. There's no way I would have made it through this," Christy said.
If you would like to follow Dylan's recovery, you can find more information on the Facebook page Prayers for Dylan Freeman.