Family rejoices after Abilene fire victim returns to Key City

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – An Abilene family is calling it a Christmas miracle.

“To have her here means a lot. I don’t know how to describe it,” Glenn Hardy said.

He lost his son in a house fire and has been on the brink of losing his wife as well. Saying some days are harder than others.

“Some days it’s even hard to get up out of bed and then other days you can breathe because she had a good day,” added Hardy.

His wife, Ashley Hardy, worked to save her two boys when their apartment went up in flames. 4-year-old Liam didn’t make it out alive but his older brother, 9-year-old Aiden did.

“Not only did he lose his best friend but he lost his comfort,” stated Hardy. “I do the best I can but it’s not the same.”

Mom Ashley has spent 23 weeks in a Lubbock hospital, the family by her side watching as she clung to life. 

“Thanksgiving, they were wanting us to decide DNR status and stuff with her and they were talking about comfort DNR but every time that I went in that room I could see Ashley and would say I don’t think that we can do this,” explained her mother Theresa Reed

With a glimmer of hope, they chose to hold on and believe Ashley would make it.

Reed says each day she is doing more and more.

“She’s lifting stuff with her arms now. She can sit up on the side of the bed and lift her legs up which is pretty difficult for somebody who hasn’t moved since July,” said Reed.

With the improvements in her health, doctors allowed her to be transported back to Abilene to heal at Hendrick Medical Center.

“It’s emotional, it’s exciting and it’s overwhelming,” Reed said as she held back tears because for a moment, they thought Ashley wouldn’t make it.

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