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Young Crash Victim Returns Home After Surgeries

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JENKINS TOWNSHIP – A seven-year-old girl from the Greater Pittston Area has returned home, three weeks after she was injured in a car crash.

Peyton Rusyn told Newswatch 16 that she’s glad to be home and she’s looking forward to starting second grade in the fall.

"Thank you everybody for all the cards and all the presents you gave me. Thank you,” said Rusyn. "I`ve been in the hospital, lying in bed, and I’ve been coloring pictures for my family because I missed them.”

Rusyn’s mother told Newswatch 16 that her daughter was in a car with a family member on the way to dance class, when the car crashed into a UGI truck in Pittston last month.

“A broken windpipe that had to be sewn back together, she had some internal bleeding in her liver and her spleen and that was fixed through 3 surgeries,” said Julie Loyack. "I was just sitting down at the hospital every single day and I could never imagine the amount of people that came through for us and helped us and helped me be able to stay with Peyton every day."

Teachers and neighbors held balloon vigil and benefits to help the family with medical and travel expenses.