UPDATE: Community welcomes Hurricane teen home after weeks spent in hospital

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UPDATE 12/11/15 @ 10:30 p.m.
HURRICANE, W.Va (WSAZ) -- A Hurricane High School freshman came home to a big surprise Friday as friends, family and members of the community lined the streets to welcome him home.

Andrew Parks came home from Cincinnati Children's Hospital where he was diagnosed with a rare heart condition that landed him there nearly a month ago.

He collapsed during football training in November and received CPR from the school athletic director until paramedics arrived.

Andrew's friends, excited to see him return, say he has been positive throughout the entire process.

"He's a very positive person with everything," said his classmate Dalton Geter. "He was just focused on the goal of getting back home, and he finally reached that today."

ORIGINAL STORY 12/11/15 @ 2:18 p.m.
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After recovering nearly a month in a Cincinnati hospital, a teenager who collapsed during football practice in Putnam County returned home to quite a celebration.

Andrew Parks came home Friday from Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He's the freshman who collapsed and went into cardiac arrest at Hurricane High School earlier this month.

When Andrew got off the Hurricane exit Friday afternoon, about 20 of his classmates, friends and parents greeted and welcomed him home with cheers, balloons and signs welcoming him home.

Andrew was then escorted by police through town as he drove by several schools, including Hurricane High School where hundreds cheered and celebrated his homecoming.

Andrew spent 23 days recovering from the incident. Andrew was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. He had surgery while he was in Cincinnati and is expected to make a full recovery.

When Andrew went into cardiac arrest the school's athletic director performed CPR until paramedics arrived. Health officials say he saved his life.

Since the incident, the community has held several fundraisers to help Andrew's family with medical expenses.

(e-Reporter Photo / Kristi Damron)
(e-Reporter Photo / Kristi Damron)
(e-Reporter Photo / Kristi Damron)
(e-Reporter Photo / Kristi Damron)

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