Mercer boy, injured in parade, recovering at home

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MERCER, Pa. (WKBN) – The father of a boy injured in the Mercer Homecoming parade said his son is home from the hospital Monday.

Don King, the father of Nicholas King, said his son arrived home Sunday around 5 p.m. and that he was excited to sleep in his own bed.

“After 11 days of being in the hospital, he is relieved to be home,” Don said. “He is convalescing very well. He’s eating. He’s comfortable, which is the most important thing.”

Don said the last several days have been stressful.

“What could go wrong next? Really, it was a matter of, ‘Are we really going as well as we are going? Are we going as well as the doctors are saying?”

Don said everyone has been impressed with how strong Nicholas is and has been during this time.

“His healing has been unbelievable. His progress has been unbelievable, and we are tremendously proud of our son for showing that will to live and will to fight to live,” he said.

Nicholas’s main issue now is post-concussion symptoms, including dizziness, weakness and lack of balance. His sensitivity to light and sound has affected what he wanted most when he arrived home.

“He asked for his iPod. He wanted to lay down in his bed and look at his iPod. Unfortunately, he still has some post concussive issues that are preventing him from dealing with light and noise right now,” Don said.

Nicholas is relaxing at home until he regains strength and can start occupational and physical therapy.

Because of his concussion, he is not allowed to read, so he is not doing school work, according to Don. The goal is to get him back to school before Christmas, and Don said Nicholas is eager to be back to school.

“He asked his mother today, he said, ‘Mom, when can I go back to school?’ She said, ‘Well, you have to be cleared, of course.'”

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