After 166 days in the hospital, Britton Shipp finally goes home

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ST GEORGE (ABC 4 Utah) – After 166 days, Britton Shipp, 16, was released from the hospital on Friday. The teen was life-flighted to the Dixie Regional Medical Center on November 1, 2014 after an ATV accident that left him in a coma.

Many say Britton is a living miracle. 

“It’s crazy to look back and see where he was and to see where he is now,” his sister, Autumn, said. 

Autumn has been documenting her brother’s recovery and has recorded the details on a blog called ‘BelieveforBritton.org’.

Over the past 23 weeks, his family and doctors have helped him take baby steps in his recovery. 

Video clips show Britton on a feeding tube on day 46. On day 50, Britton made slight responses with his eyebrow. Day 62 shows him holding his head on his own. On day 66, he opened his eye half way. From day 80-86, clips show him crawling, sitting up, moving his hands and taking physical therapy sessions. Then from March-April, Britton was able to make the first pitch at a baseball game, move more independently during his therapy sessions, talk and eat on his own. 

For the family, April 10th marked the best day. Britton was finally strong enough to leave the hospital.

“Today was amazing because it’s our last day here and it’s kind of bittersweet. It’s probably one of the best days of the year and the best day of my life,” said Jesse Shipp, Britton’s father. 

The hospital said they will miss the Shipp family but feel so happy to see Britton finally go home. 

“He’s been getting two and a half to three steps and then he caves in. Today, he stood up and I said, ‘Britton let’s just see what you got today’. He said, ‘you got it’ and he walked all the way out of his room. It was amazing,” Jesse said.

The Shipp family told ABC4’s Tasmin Mahfuz that they believe it’s the prayers from the community that has brought their boy back. The southern Utah community is looking forward to continue watching Britton get better each and everyday. 


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