Excelsior Springs teen returns home from Denver area hospital to happy family reunion

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Excelsior Springs teenager Greg Murphy is back home in the metro six weeks after he left for therapy to recover from an ATV accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Aunts, uncles, grandmas, siblings, friends and cousins gathered at Kansas City International Airport wearing the shirts in his school colors with the hashtag that`s become a battle cry the past couple months: #MurphyStrong.

Murphy arrived home from Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., where`s he been rehabilitating since March. He broke his back when he tried to ride his ATV through a ditch and ended up rolling over.

The crash put a lot of things in doubt for the 15-year-old football player who wore the black and gold #61 for Excelsior Springs. But now he has learned to get around on his wheelchair and has a new goal in mind.

“A whole lot better, I can do everything by myself now perfectly fine, no help needed. Everything`s fine with my arms, it`s just my legs,” he said.

“I have complete faith that he`s going to walk again, I have no doubt in my mind because he`s got the perseverance, he`s got the will, he`s got the drive I know he will,” said sister Shannon Murphy.

Murphy will do some home schooling this summer to catch him up on what he missed, and plans to be back in school in the fall. Speaking of school, his sister will graduate next weekend, she says having her little brother home is the best present she could have asked for.