MIAMI, Fla. -- After spending nearly five months in a Miami hospital, 23-year old Jahwann McIntyre is on his way home.
"I'm just overwhelmed, I'm so excited," he said at a morning news conference at Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
McIntyre, a Martin County firefighter, was critically injured while fighting a fire just days after Christmas. He was searching for victims when he and two other firefighters got trapped inside a home. McIntyre suffered burns on more than fifty percent of his body, according to investigators.
"There was one point where I felt I was done," McIntyre recalled.
After further investigating, fire officials found the fire was deliberately set.
McIntyre was airlifted from Martin County to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. There he underwent eight surgeries and many hours of rehabilitation. He even celebrated his 23rd birthday in the burn unit.
Of his rehabilitation he said, "It hurt, it hurt like hell but gets you where you need to be."
During his time hospitalized, people from Miami to the Treasure Coast held numerous fundraisers for McIntyre to help with medical costs.
Concerning his ordeal McIntyre said, I don't feel anger.. .it gave me a positive outlook on life." He added, "no matter how bad you have it someone has it worse."
He still must face more rehabilitation but plans to return to work. "Once you're a firefighter you're always a firefighter. I can't imagine myself doing anything else," he said.
The wptv.com web team contributed to this report.