GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - After fighting for his life in a Mobile hospital, Zander Saucier is back home in Gulfport.
He got welcome worthy of a super hero, and he came dressed for the part. His super-fast road to recovery made the celebration even more special.
"When we first heard about it, it was really tough, but the power of prayer is amazing," said cousin Cody Spears. "Nobody could ever tell me different about the healing that he's gotten, and so quick."
Zander was taken to a Mobile hospital a week ago, clinging to life and suffering from traumatic injuries; his wounds allegedly at the hands of his father. But, it didn't take long to get reacquainted to his familiar digs.
"It's amazing. I'm so glad to be home," said Zander's mother, Emily Saucier. "It's been a long seven days that's for sure. Definitely didn't expect to be home this quick, and thanking the good Lord above to be home."
The family plans to get Zander back to a normal routine as quickly as possible. An outpouring of recovery support came through social media, and from Nugent Methodist Church, where both mother and son joined just this past Easter.
"Doctors are wonderful, but I strongly believe in the good man upstairs," Emily said. "He did his work. We're home, I'm happy. Just take it one day at a time and get through it. It's going to be a long road, but we're looking forward to getting down it."
Full recovery may be long, but the family says they'll do it together.
"It's going to take time, man," Spears added. "Just lots of prayers. Just time and prayer to let him get back to where he wants to be and hopefully, we'll grow as he grows."
The family is planning a Team Zander Day that will include food, vendors, games and a silent auction with proceeds to go to Zander. The event is 9 a.m to 3 p.m. May 14 at the KC Hall in Ocean Springs.
A GoFundMe account for medical expenses has raised more than $9,000.