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After several months in the hospital and agonizing surgeries, 11-year-old Sarah Murnaghan finally returned home in late August.

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"We've been always praying and thinking about her, sending her positive thoughts and it's such a relief for all of us," said neighbor Felice Hefferan.

Hefferan added of her son, Ryan, "He's asking about when Sarah is coming home. He's very close with Sarah's siblings. It's been great."

Ryan said, "I like Sarah because I haven't seen her in a long time. "

You could feel the excitement when Sarah finally came home. Friends, neighbors and family gathered as the Murnaghan's gave a little press conference in front of their home. As 11-year-old Sarah Murnaghan waves hello from her front doorsteps, a miracle came true for her.

"We're proud of Sarah and what she achieved. She's so strong to be getting here today," said Fran Murnaghan, Sarah's dad.

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