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Teen hurt while vacationing comes home after extensive treatment


It's been a tough road for a local teen after he got seriously hurt on his family's spring break trip to Mexico, but Wednesday 18-year-old Alex Fraser finally came home.

He was taken to Denver, CO, at the beginning of April for several weeks of surgery and rehabilitation for his injuries. Fraser severely injured his spine while he was surfing in Mexico with his family on St. Patrick's Day. It left him paralyzed from the neck down.

The Fraser who friends and family welcomed back was far different than the version they saw off months prior. Wednesday's Fraser was all smiles as he appeared to be making major strides in his recovery. He was moving his arms and neck and says all the well-wishes and cards helped him get through the difficult times.

"I feel a thousand times better than when I left Kansas City. I left in a stretcher, couldn't move from the neck down. Now I'm moving my arms partway normal," he said.

The accident may have put Fraser down for a while, but his mother says, it didn't keep him there.

"I don't have to say a lot to him. He's always saying it to me. He's always saying, ‘it's going to be OK mom, there's a reason this happened. We may not figure it out now, but we will figure it out as we go,'" Chris Fraser said.

The Blue Valley High School star athlete was a record-breaking swimmer and a high school drummer. All of which he plans to continue, as soon as he's able. Alex Fraser missed his high school graduation, but his classmates took the graduation to him via Skype. There were also several fundraisers, and he said all those kind actions are what kept him going.

While at the airport, Alex Fraser took a moment to thank everyone who has helped him through his rehabilitation.

"The graduation was amazing, I saw the news stories here that were going on and it just really boosts my spirits because you have really down days back there when you're lying in bed at night just by yourself. And when you're in front of people you're all happy and cheerful, like this. It really helps me get through the rough times," he said.

He said one of the first things he wants to do now that he's back in Kansas City is get some barbecue from Arthur Bryant's and see his new house. His family moved to a new home in Overland Park, KS, so that he would have wheelchair access.

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