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Chase comes home

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Almost seven months after a stroke nearly took his life, an 11-year old Eastern Iowa boy comes back home.
The Fayette County community of Wadena gathered to welcome home Chase Aeschliman.

After being airlifted to La Crosse, multiple surgeries, and months of rehab in Ankeny, the Aeschliman family couldn't be happier to be back together and home for good.

 Excitement filling the small town of Wadena as they welcome home one of their own.
 Since the stroke, Chase has been recovering the use of his right side and his ability to speak.
  "So happy to be home," said Chase's mom, Laine Aeschliman.

   And stepping out of the car walking. "Pretty excited to bring him home with out a wheel chair today," said Laine.

The last time many of the community saw Chase was back in October when he was in a a wheelchair and wearing a helmet.
 Now walking on his own and able to speak, he is excited to be once again be surrounded by his friends.
 "He enjoyed seeing his friends and that was a huge motivator. He misses his friends more than anybody. That is all he talks about in speech. Just friends. We were in a place where there was no other children, so he has been taken away from his friends," said Laine.

And Chase has more friends than he realizes, hundreds turning out at that October fundraiser and then again, the community coming together to welcome him home.
"The support has been since the accident and continues 6.5 months later. The support has been unreal," said Kenny Aeschliman, Chase's dad.

"It was no question that we would do the fundraiser. That we were going to have this event. They are our family, they are our sister, brothers; it is just how it is here," said Jen Stolka, who helped organize the welcome home party.

 Chase will be back to school for half days, starting  next week, and will continue out patient therapy in Decorah. 

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