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1 October survivor takes first steps in Las Vegas in emotional homecoming

Posted at 11:20 PM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-16 15:46:26-05

Friends and family cheered as Rylie Golgart, with the help of walking sticks, takes her first steps on home ground at McCarran Airport.

She hugged her grandmother, her friends and the firefighters who've stood with her every step of the way.

"It feels really good to be back," Golgart said.

Golgart was shot in the back at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

"I still get nightmares, still to this day and I don't think those are ever going to go away," Golgart said.

For nearly two months Golgart rehabilitated at Craig Hospital just outside of Denver.

"There was definitely goods days and bad days," Golgart said.

One day Golgart saw a report indicating she may never again walk.

“It upset me very much. Once I saw that I'm determined to walk again," Golgart said. "I was coming back home walking and I knew that's what was going to happen."

“That lit a fire under her," said Golgart’s mom, Rose Fuscaldo Janise. "It was like watching a new-born baby, but even better taking those steps again."

And with a little help from her friends at the Henderson Fire Department, Golgart climbed into a fire truck that whisked her home, where she would take the first steps on her new journey.

"I feel like there's a better path for me now and a bigger path for me to find," said Rylie.