A Germantown, Md. boy who spent nearly two weeks in intensive care battling the flu has finally been reunited with his family at home.
Six-year-old Andrew Tucker has been released from Georgetown University Hospital after 11 days.
"Basically, the flu sent him into respiratory failure," says Kathy Tucker, Andrew's mother.
And then he got pneumonia.
"Just seeing him sedated, with wires coming out from everywhere, that was horrible," Aaron Tucker says about his son.
Even worse than seeing Andrew on a ventilator was his slow recovery. They removed it four days later.
"He was not making eye contact with us, he wasn't verbal," Kathy says. "He was very sad, which is just not Andrew; he has an easy smile. That was hard for us."
But slowly, over the next five or six days, the old Andrew started to reemerge.
"There was a moment at Shady Grove where I thought, I just can't bury a child," Aaron says. "To see him now, it really is a miracle."
For now, there is no wrestling or rough housing with his brothers Aaron Jr. and Noah.
Andrew went back to school for the first time in nearly two weeks Wednesday. His friends gave him quite a welcome back.
"[They] almost tackled me," Andrew says.
The Tucker family is thankful for all the prayers and support they have received while they nursed their son back to health.
"The best feeling in the world is to walk in my door and to have all five of us here," says Kathy. "There's no greater feeling than that."
The Tuckers say Andrew and their youngest son, who is four years old, got the flu mist nasal vaccine. Their 13-year-old got a flu shot. Andrew is the only one who got sick.
He will have some allergy testing and will be monitored routinely by his doctors for several weeks.