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An Imperial Sugar Burn Victim Is Back Home

Walter Maxwell was seriously burned during explosion Walter Maxwell was seriously burned during explosion
Ida Maxwell says she is so thankful her son is recovering Ida Maxwell says she is so thankful her son is recovering

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It's been two months since the explosion at Imperial Sugar, many families are still dealing with the tragedy, but slowly those injured are recovering.

One of those people recovering is Walter Maxwell, he was in critical condition at the Augusta Burn centers for some time; but Tuesday returned home, much sooner than everyone expected.

"I am just so happy. I just bless the Lord for allowing him to return home," said Ida Maxwell, Walter's mother.

For a while people weren't sure if Maxwell would make it, he suffered serious burns all over his body.   Ida Maxwell remembers when she saw him for the first time. "I just could not believe it when I saw him for the first time at Memorial Hospital that that was my son.  Matter of fact I wasn't sure if it was a human being it was such a... I can't explain it."

Walter, like many others, has spent the past several weeks at the Augusta Burn centers. The Maxwell's like many families have been right by his side, never knowing what to expect. "So many bad days," said Ida Maxwell, "You live through the fear of wondering.   You fear the unknown and you go on one moment to the other just praying and asking God for the strength to endure this situation."

Those days of wondering are over.  This family is back together, they know they have a long way to go, but say they've made it this far and they're ready for the road ahead.

"We bless the Lord because if it hadn't been for the Lord on our side I don't know where we would be," said Ida Maxwell.

The Maxwell's also want to thank Imperial Sugar, all their family and friends along with the Augusta community; they say the support they received is something they will never forget.

As for Walter, he still has to make trips to Augusta weekly for therapy, but is thrilled to be back home.

Reported by: Christy Hutchings, chutchings@wtoc.com

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