Our Dan Horton returns home to kisses

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE path from the plane to the terminal was only a matter of metres, but for Dan Horton it was a journey that took seven months and plenty of ups and downs.

A motor bike accident last November left the Gladstone man paralysed from the chest down, but his determination meant he was never going to be kept away from his home, Gladstone.

A small crowd of family and friends craned their necks trying to get the first glimpse of the lad as he touched down at the airport yesterday, home made banners accompanying massive smiles and plenty of tears.

'I'm nervous, anxious, jittery, but so excited,' said Dan's mother Kathy as she waited for Dan's plane to arrive. Even before it touched down, Dan's sister Amy burst into tears.

For seven months she visited her brother in Brisbane as he underwent rehabilitation and continued along his road to recovery. She admitted to being very nervous, but knew what yesterday meant to her brother.

'He's really excited about coming home ? it's all he's been talking about for the last seven months,' she said.

His girlfriend Chantal Guse also shed a tear, unable to contain her excitement as she laid eyes on Dan for the first time in more than a month.

Dan said the excitement of coming home got the better of him the night before and he was unable to sleep.

But exactly what yesterday's plane ride meant to him was summed up in five simple words, 'It's good to be home.'

The Gladstone community rallied behind Dan, raising well over $50,000 in cash and in kind goods to assist with his homecoming.

However the battle is not over, extra funds are needed to help Dan with further equipment needed, with a number of events planned for the near future.

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