HOLLIDAYSBURG - A local firefighter and EMT is back home after a vehicle crash in June sent him to a Pittsburgh hospital for nearly three weeks.
Corbin Molinets, 19, returned to his home in Hollidaysburg on June 28, his mother, Rhonda Molinets, said.
"I'm just taking it each day at a time, and just trying to meet the challenges that [come] after the recovery period," he said.
He is still undergoing therapy for an injury to his left arm he suffered in the June 9 crash at Loop Road and Charger Highway. He also suffered facial fractures.
His mother said he went through four surgeries, three on his face and one on his arm.
He does have some scarring on his arm and jawline, but she said his face looks the same as it did before the crash.
Because of lacerations to his liver and spleen, getting back to his normal self will take six months to a year, she said.
Next week, Corbin plans to meet the paramedics who responded to the scene, Rhonda said.
Corbin said he is considering getting his paramedics degree.
He is back with the fire department on light duty, meaning he has to limit how much he can lift. He said he has limited left arm movement.
Corbin said he got his strength from the encouragement of family and friends, and a lot of support from his fellow firefighters.
"Everybody was so good," Rhonda said of their friends, firefighters, the community and their church, Faith Baptist Church on 40th Street in Altoona.
The family received prayers from around the world, Rhonda said, noting they know people in Ecuador.
"Corbin always says, 'With God, I got this,'" his mother said.
Mirror Staff Writer Amanda Gabeletto is at 949-7030.