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Children struck by alleged drunk driver in front of KFC Yum! Center released from hospital

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Shyanne leaves the hospital with her walker. Shyanne leaves the hospital with her walker.
Jayden requires a halo to help him recover from his injuries. Jayden requires a halo to help him recover from his injuries.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A small celebration as two children hit by a suspected drunk driver are finally able to go home from the hospital. 

Six-year-old Shyanne headed into the party with a big smile on her face. Shyanne and her 3-year-old brother Jayden are still recovering from their injuries but one important thing has changed. 

"They're finally home and they can start their life again," said their mother Sara Neathamer. 

A homecoming celebration was held in their honor at the Tri-County Shrine Club in Clarksville Tuesday. A group of family and friends were there to celebrate. 

"I try not to show how hard it is, or show them that I'm upset because I don't want to break their spirits. And they pretty much act like none of this happened," Neathamer said. 

On September 18th, a pregnant Sara and the two kids were hit while crossing the street. They were leaving a showing of Disney on Ice at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville. Police say the driver, 64-year-old Russell Mullins, was drunk. 

The family was rushed to the hospital, and Sara had an emergency C-section. The baby, named Nathan, is still in the hospital. Sara says he has brain damage. 

"He's a fighter. I mean, he surprises all the nurses and all the doctors everyday. They're surprised he came out alive," Neathamer said. 

Jayden is able to walk, despite the halo brace he needs to wear while recovering from head injuries. Shyanne decorated the walker she uses while broken bones heal. 

"It's amazing how strong they are and how quickly they bounce back," said the kids' grandfather, Ira Wattenberg. 

Doctors told Sara it would be late December or early January before Nathan can also leave the hospital. She hopes the entire family will be back together by Christmas. 

"All my babies were hurt, every single one of them. It's been hard. But like I said, they're the ones that keep me strong," Neathamer said. 

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