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West Springfield teen injured in swimming accident returns home

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

It was a long awaited homecoming for one local teen who was paralyzed during a swimming accident over the summer.

Conor McCormick has been in a rehab center in Georgia, but has returned back home in West Springfield.

Anyone you ask about Conor McCormick said that he's a strong, courageous kid who always has a smile on and that same persona continues even through this difficult time. 

Cell phone video captured the moment when was McCormick was greeted by his family and friends as he returned home.

Jamie Quist was there

"He finally got to come home last night and it was great.  It was a big homecoming.  We had about 20 people there, a big sign, and it said 'Welcome Home Conor' and he he drove his cart right through it so that was a lot of fun for him," Quist explained.

McCormick has been undergoing some extensive rehab in Atlanta, GA for the past three months.

The student athlete became paralyzed over the summer after he dove into a pool.

"He's had just a tremendous amount of complications down there, which was hard because it's like you take one step forward, two steps back over and over and over again.  It's been hard, but he starting to get back some of his function," Quist noted.

However, through it all, Quist said that McCormick continued to have the same loving spirit that he's always had it.  It continues to be fueled by the support of the community.

"Community has been unreal in the outreach, has been awesome," Quist said.

As for what's next for McCormick, he will be heading back down to Atlanta in January and right now, he is just trying to enjoy some family time.

"Going forward, just praying for them and considering them over the next weeks and months ahead," Quist noted.

Right now, the biggest problem the family faces is trying to figure out how they will pay for all of the medical expenses.

If you would like to help the family, you can CLICK HERE.

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