Around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, doctors at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., put Jessie Arborgast in an ambulance for the two-hour drive to his home in Ocean Springs. The ambulance driver says the trip was uneventful, and that Jessie slept part of the way.
At around 12:30 p.m., under a steady rain, the ambulance arrived at Jessie's home. A few neighborhood kids stood at the end of the street laughing and crying as the ambulance drove by. As he was brought out of the ambulance, only Jessie's face was visible, the rest of his body was covered with a tarp. His family asked police to block off the street, and said they did not want to speak to reporters.
His neighbors and friends say seeing the ambulance arrive was very emotional.
"I got happy, and I'm ready for him to come out so I can play with him, but it's going to be a long time until I get to play with him," 8-year-old Michael McLallen said.
Jessie's doctors could not say when they think Jessie will be able to go outside again. At a news conference Sunday afternoon in Pensacola, doctors said he is improving.
"When he left, he was having periods of wakefulness in which his eyes were open and he would move spontaneously but not to command," pediatric neurologist Dr. Tim Livingston said. "He at this point does not communicate purposeful, but appears to have had some improvement in his movements."