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After 40 Days In The Hospital, 7 Year Old Dawson Hirshey Is Home

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DIAMOND, MISSOURI -

     The road to recovery is still a long one for a little boy from Diamond, Missouri.
     7-year old Dawson Hirshey was hit in the head by a foul ball at a baseball game last month in Joplin.
     Today...was his first full day...home.
 40 days is a long stay for anyone in the hospital, especially a 7 year old boy.
Dawson Hirshey spent that time at Children's Mercy in Kansas City and was finally able to come home.
Alicia Hughes-Hirshey, Dawson's mother: "Fantastic!  The biggest relief in life was walking out of Five Sutherland at Children's Mercy."
There were some minor setbacks in the hospital though, but his mother, Alicia Hughes, never once worried.
Hughes: "I don't think we ever worried about the what-ifs, I don't think we ever worried about what could be."
Hughes says there were some issues when it was time to leave.
Hughes: "I think he had some reservations about leaving the safety of the hospital, because it's been his safety for 40 days."
But once he got home...
Dawson: "Very excited."
Dawson was ready to sleep in his own bed - and play games, other than Outfoxed, which he described to me as...not so exciting.
Dawson: "So you put, four cards on each side of the board...and roll these dice."
He also had priorities when they left the hospital - he wanted good food.
Dawson: "One hot dog and two corn dogs."
Now, the road to recovery continues...but in the comfort of their own home.
Hughes: "I think right now we're just looking forward to being a family, spending summer together, doing summertime things."
     Dawson's mom says they'll have to make a few changes to their summer hobbies...but are looking forward to a return to normalcy.

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