Boy out of hospital after hit-and-run

December 31, 2010 3:18:50 PM PST
This will be a New Year's Eve to remember for a 5-year-old boy in the Bronx.

He was released from the hospital after months of recovery from an accident that doctors didn't think he would survive.

He was playing outside his home when he was hit by a green SUV.

The driver never stopped.

He has a slight limp but a bright smile.

Joshua Saunders looks like any other kid now, but four months ago he was in a medically induced coma, clinging to life.

"It was difficult, we didn't think he was going to make it," said Lavern Saunders, Joshua's mother.

In August, Joshua was hit by an SUV when he ran into the street to retrieve a ball he was playing with.

He was thrown 30 feet.

The five-year-old suffered a broken leg, eight broken ribs, and lacerations to his liver, kidneys and lungs.

After months of recovery and physical therapy, Joshua came home Thursday.

It was an emotional return complete with a police escort.

"I was crying, it was wonderful," said Arantxa Saunders, Joshua's sister.

Joshua's mother acknowledges the collision was probably unavoidable, but nevertheless the driver didn't stop and has never been found.

"I forgave him, but wish he would come forward," Lavern Saunders said.

Joshua faces continued therapy, he has trouble with short term memory and weakness in his hand, but that can't stop him from giving a solid high five.

One more reason that makes this holiday season so special is that Friday is Joshua's 6th birthday, which the family plans to celebrate with a party.

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