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Finally home: A survivor's long road to recovery after the 1 October Las Vegas shooting

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Posted at 1:18 PM, Sep 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-29 16:18:10-04

One of the most severely injured survivors of the Las Vegas shooting, Rosemarie Melanson, is finally back home after nearly a year-long recovery.

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 "I don't want to relive the tragedy or the horrors," said Rosemarie husband Steve Melanson.  

Steve posted an update on Rosemarie's recovery Wednesday night. The Facebook post said "It's official. Rosemarie is home today" along with a picture of the mother of four.

Melanson was shot during the Route 91 Harvest Festival. The bullet hit her torso but also ruptured her lung, esophagus, stomach, spleen and liver. She has spent the majority of the last year in the hospital and underwent her 12th surgery earlier this month.

Melanson suffered complications after her last surgery but is now recovering. 

"We're going to get through this and you know, has people are still out there praying for her," Steve said to 13 Action News

The family has received cards and messages of support from people all over the world.

"It's been an incredible strain on him," said neighbor Ross Briggs.

Steve says in the dark times, the small acts of kindness have made a big difference.

Dottie Trautman, Rosemarie's sister, hopped on a plane on October 2nd.  She has been there for her sister, and the family, for most of the days since the tragedy.

"I could just never repay her for what she's done for me and my kids," said Trautman, "I will never abandon her, she never abandoned me."

The family says as they approach a year since the tragic night they will not be looking back but instead celebrating Rosemarie's recovery.

"This guy's not stopping us," said daughter Stephanie Melanson

Paige Melanson tells 13 Action News how the family manages to stay positive.

"That's one thing that remained solid in our household was hanging on to hope and faith and love," she said.