PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Hannah Huntoon has not seen her home for more than a month as she has been recovering from a catastrophic brain injury at St. Mary's Medical Center.
Friday, she was ushered in by her parents, David and Constance, who have laid a welcome mat a quarter-mile long. The family posted "Welcome Home Hannah" signs throughout the neighborhood for their daughter.
Several of Hannah's Gatorettes teammates showed up to help her through the door and into the bedroom she has missed for the 36 days she has been in the hospital.
"I can't believe it, it's been a long time. It's time to be home. It's time to be home," she said.
At St. Mary's Medical Center, Hannah has made a "miraculous" recovery according to doctors. She has been in rigorous therapy while her skull remains on ice. She wears a helmet to protect her brain while the swelling decreases. In three months, doctors say she will have surgery to replace the sides of her skull. The family credits doctors at the hospital with saving Hannah's life.
Hannah says she is excited to hug her 11-year-old brother when he returns home from school. She looks forward to sleeping in her own bed and being near the family's pool.
A heart has been painted over the spot where Hannah's car surfing accident occurred, just a few houses down from the family's Palm Beach Gardens home. The family asks that all teenagers consider the safety of others as they get behind the wheel.