Miracle teen back home

Emily Loewen is finally home after battling a severe case of bacterial meningitis since early December 2017.

"So as some already know Em and I got home this afternoon!," Emily's mother said in a Facebook post. "We are so glad to be back! I can't tell you what it is like to be home with her!"

The 16-year-old Vernon teen was rushed to Vernon Jubilee Hospital on Dec. 6 for what she thought was a serious flu.

Since then she has been battling meningococcal meningitis at the Vancouver General Hospital, where she was put into a medically induced coma for three and a half weeks.

The road to recovery will be long, says her mother, but Loewen has made great progress.

"Em still has a long road ahead with rehab and rest and healing so somewhere down the road we are hoping to have a get together for her so she can thank all of you for your support," her mother said.

Despite all odds the strong young woman impressed doctors, friends and family, by conquering meningococcal meningitis, walking and speaking long before anticipated.

The Kalamalka Secondary student has received an abundance of online and community support.

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