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Abilene mother's homecoming from hospital bittersweet

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - It's a bittersweet homecoming for an Abilene mother who's spent the last eight months in the hospital recovering from severe burns after her apartment caught fire.

It was the same fire that claimed the life of her youngest son.

Ashley Hardy was released from the hospital Saturday morning and says she is happy to finally be home and getting back to a normal life.

"It was reassuring to come to a place you know, like home," Ashley Hardy said.

She is still working on her recovery but is able to do it at home.

"I can get up with the walker and I can move with it," added Ashley Hardy, "but I'm working on doing more."

Her husband Glenn is glad to have his wife back but still recalls that day over and over in his head.

He was working the day the fire happened.

"I've never been scared of a whole lot but it terrified me the whole time wondering what was gonna happen," Glenn Hardy explained.

Over the next eight months, he would play single dad to their oldest son Aiden. Taking care of him while Ashley recovered in the hospital.

"It was different to kind of reverse," added Glenn Hardy. "She was the person who took care of everything and everybody and did everything."

During her stay, he made sure their son was by her side. There were a few times the family didn't think Ashley would survive.

"She was struggling really bad and I was scared because I wasn't used to this," stated Aiden Hardy.

Ashley tells KTAB seeing her son there while she was in the hospital is what motivated her to get better.

The family is glad to have Ashley home but says they are still coping with the loss of their youngest son Liam. He was just 4-years-old when he died in the fire.

"The only thing I can tell you is, you never stop missing him, you never stop thinking about him," Glenn Hardy said.

The Hardy's hope to take a trip back to Disney World someday. It was the last time they took a trip as a whole family.






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