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Tripp Halstead leaves hospital

Tripp Halstead

Tripp Halstead

Tripp Halstead left the hospital on Friday evening, exactly five months since he suffered a traumatic brain injury outside his Barrow County day care.

Halstead, 2, who has battled bacterial meningitis, infections and had 12 surgeries since Oct. 29, was greeted by family and friends when his father carried him out of a car.

A video of the homecoming was posted on the Facebook page "Tripp Halstead Updates" at about 8 p.m., which showed a scene that included camera flashes, decorations and a cake.

His family planned to stay at the home of his grandparents while their new home is being remodeled by the Roswell-based nonprofit Sunshine on a Ranney Day. The family sold their Winder home to find one that was wheelchair accessible.

After the latest surgery this week, Halstead's family opened discussed a visit to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland for a second opinion if complications persisted.

About six weeks ago, Halstead was diagnosed with life-threatening bacterial meningitis, had an emergency surgery and at one point had been awake for 51 straight hours.

On March 14, Halstead left the intensive care unit at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, it took doctors about a week after a heavy tree limb fell on Halstead's head to openly allow for the possibility of his survival.

When the video was posted to Facebook on Friday, it included one sentence from his father, Bill.

"I think this video says it all ...," he wrote.

Mobile users can see the video by tapping here.