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Injured Wharton High football player returns home

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

For weeks, someone very important has been missing from the McNamee household.

"We're just happy to have our guy home," Todd McNamee said.

Sean's back and already he's hanging with friends like any other teen.

"He's doing really well, and we'll just keep watching him persevere," said Jody McNamee.

He's been persevering for weeks as he recovered in the hospital. The 16-year-old Wharton High junior hit his head on a paint machine before football practice back on October 9th.

The accident left him in a medically-induced coma. At one point, his family didn't know if he'd survive.

But Thursday, he came home.

"For him to progress to the point where he can get on his feet and be discharged from the hospital -- there's no words for that," his father Todd said.

He wears a padded helmet for protection and still has speech and physical therapy to work on. But his family says so far he's lived up to the phrase on the bracelets: "SEAN STRONG."

"I knew from very beginning, from this ordeal, Sean was going to be strong and he was going to fight," his dad said.

"He feels and thinks he can do anything -- and he can -- but before he gets there, it's baby steps," said his mom.

Sean's family and friends as well complete strangers are supporting him all the way. In a few weeks, the McNamees, like many of us, will celebrate Thanksgiving. For them, it will be one to remember.

"Thanksgiving is going to be a little more than football games this year, it's going to have a little more special meaning," Todd McNamee said.

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