East Boston girl released from hospital in time for Thanksgiving

BOSTON (WHDH) - Thanksgiving is a day many remember what they’re thankful for, and tonight a sick young girl will be thanking her doctors.

Paulina Lopez, a 10-year-girl from East Boston, gets to spend the holiday with her family, instead of inside of a hospital.

She received quite a send-off from the staff at Franciscan Children’s hospital in Brighton.

Lopez, whose parents are from Colombia, has spent two months in the hospital.

She’s been working hard at physical therapy twice a day.

Lopez was born with Down’s syndrome, but she could walk OK until this fall.

Doctors believe her body reacted poorly to a virus, and she developed Acute Flaccid Myelitis, or AFM.

She’s moving much better after therapy.

The staff at the Brighton hospital say she’s full of fun, and they’ll miss her.

This isn’t a forever goodbye, however.

Lopez will be coming back for outpatient physical therapy and hopes her progress will continue.

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