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The Gift of Life After Tragedy

A boy makes it home for the holidays — but that's not even the best part

Some people pull through horrific tragedy and grow stronger and inspire others along the way — and that appears to be the case for seven-year-old Dylan Darland.

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The boy was boating with his dad and brothers over the summer when they hit an unmarked sandbar on Lake Powell in Arizona. All three boys were thrown from the boat — two were relatively unharmed. But Dylan Darland was tragically flung out in front of the boat and run over.

He was airlifted to a hospital, where he underwent five hours of surgery. He lost his right leg below the knee; his right arm had to be reattached; and his jaw muscle was also severed. But after months in the hospital and going through rehab, Darland is home in time for the holidays.

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The family could not be more grateful to be together.

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“I feel good that he’s home with us,” one of the brothers told KPHO, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona.

Darland is still going through physical therapy, with the goal of getting fit with permanent prosthetics. His mother credits his courage, smile, and optimism for getting through this.

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“He says, ‘This is me, and this is what I’m going to have to live with for the rest of my life,'” mom Tara Gagliardi told KPHO. “I’m the one who thinks, ‘Poor Dylan.’ But he doesn’t think, ‘Poor Dylan.’ He’s amazing.”

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