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Burn victim released from MCH

by Patrice Walsh

Rochester, N.Y. -- 23-year-old Kadeem Fulmore doesnt remember the firey crash. Over 60-percent of his body was burned.

He lost part of both legs and was in a coma for months.

The accident happened while he was away at college in Pennsylvania. He woke up a year later in Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester.

The hardest part was learning his best friend and fraternity brother, Anthony Washington, died in the crash. Kadeem said they were friends since freshman year at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.

The accident happened in November of 2011, not far from campus. Another student was driving and Kadeem said that student was drunk but the others in the car did not know that beforehand.

Monroe Community Hospital has been home to Kadeem for the past year and a half. He needed extensive physical therapy to learn to walk and talk again. He also had numerous skin grafts.

He was the youngest patient on the rehab floor at MCH and became close with staff and the therapists who worked with him each day.

They considered him a little brother.

For the last several months, he focused on getting well enough to go home.

On Monday, that day finally came.

We asked Kadeem how it felt to go home, he told us: "You have no idea, Ive been waiting for this since I woke up here.

But it was a tearful goodbye, since he had grown close with the staff and they enjoyed working with him and seeing him everyday. They sent him off with a scrapbook full of memories and a lot of hugs.

Physical Therapist Kristen Rund said it was Kadeems positive attitude that helped him come so far. She called his progress: amazing.

Kadeem told us he looked forward to going home to be with his mother, grandfather and younger sister in Webster. He will still receive physical therapy but also hopes to finish the credits he needs to earn his college degree.

When we asked him how he stayed positive after experiencing such a traumatic injury, he said that was his nature telling us: Theres no going back, theres nothing you can do about that.

He said it will be a good Thanksgiving at home with his family and they have much to give thanks for. He was also looking forward to home-cooked meals made by his mother. Pasta is his favorite.

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Washington Times