There are a lot of things Aaron Stidd may never be able to do again.
One thing — returning home — was a constant question for his family during the year Aaron spent in rehabilitation hospitals struggling to recover from multiple brain injuries.
The former Penn State student was struck by a drunk driver while he and two others were crossing Beaver Avenue at Atherton Street Oct. 28, 2006.
But two weeks ago, Aaron’s parents, J. and Connie Stidd, fulfilled a goal they set back when Aaron was still fighting for his life.
Connie said at Geisinger Medical Center, where Aaron was in critical condition last November, that she wanted to bring her son home. That mantra continued after Aaron began breathing on his own, was transferred to Bryn Mawr rehab hospital in Malvern, then later Health South rehab hospital in Altoona.
The move from Malvern to Altoona was partly so J. Stidd could be closer to the family’s Huntingdon home. He was commuting each day to monitor a two-room handicap-accessible extension to the home.
Their goal was always to bring Aaron home by Christmas, which will also be his 22nd birthday.
This video chronicles Aaron’s journey, and his first week home — where he will likely spend the rest of his life.