Aaron Hern, the Martinez boy injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, got his birthday wish Wednesday: the now 12-year-old woke up in his own bed.
KTVU cameras got a glimpse of Aaron at his home as he enjoyed his special day. He was spending some of his time enjoying a new iPod Touch he had received as a gift.
Friends made a big "Welcome Home" sign for Aaron that was hung on the Hern garage door as the community breathed a sigh of relief.
All afternoon, the Herns' household in Martinez had a stream of kids coming and going, all to see 12-year old Aaron and give him their best birthday wishes.
He was looking well on the road to recovery just over two weeks after suffering injuries in the Boston Marathon bombing.
"It's like, oh my God, I'm so glad he's, like, doing kind of OK," said family friend Dana Eglite.
Eglite went to high school with Aaron's father and her son is good friends with Aaron.
The latest step of this odyssey came Tuesday when Aaron arrived the Bay Area after flying from Boston after spending most of the last two weeks in the hospital. Photos shows him at SFO receiving a hero's welcome.
People at Kinder's Deli, a local business which raised money to help out the family, told KTVU they were happy to have Aaron home.
"When I opened up my email this morning, and saw his picture and saw that he was home, it was very heart-filling," said owner Paula Kinder. "And we're just there to support the family if they need any more support. Everybody is there for him."
Martinez has a small town feel. KTVU met Jeff Williams, a neighbor of the Herns, at Kinder's.
"They're family. They're Martinez people," said Williams. "You know, Martinez people stick together.
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