Girl, 14, Crushed By Tree Is Released From Hospital

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California girl who was crushed by a falling tree two months ago is out of the hospital.

Fourteen-year-old Teresa Johnston of Irvine wore a white helmet inscribed with well-wish messages as she left the hospital on Friday.

The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/2oNUwNV) says she thanked about 100 people who greeted her with “welcome home” signs and balloons.

The teen was walking to a neighbor’s home when a 40-foot pine tree fell on her in February after rain loosened the soil.

Teresa had brain damage, head face and spinal injuries. She was placed in a medical coma and underwent several operations.

Her father told the crowd his daughter needs rehabilitation and at least three more surgeries but has made a “miraculous” recovery.

 

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