Maegan Johnson returns home in time for Easter

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | e-mail

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - News Leader Nine first told you the heart-breaking story of 7 year old Maegan Johnson who suffered from a ruptured brain aneurysm just a few days before Christmas. Sunday is the first holiday the Johnson family has spent together at home and we caught up with them to bring you their touching story.

"Now we're back home," exclaims Michele Johnson, Maegan's mother. Her father, Kelly added, "To have everybody together again is wonderful."

The Johnson family is back together again after months in the hospital during Maegan's recovery from a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Michele recalls the night they found out something was wrong with Maegan, "All of a sudden she grabbed her head and screamed and collapsed in my arms."

Kelly says the event changed a few things in the family, "My wife said a headache will never be the same in our house."

After surgeries and therapies, Maegan is excited to be spending her first holiday at home with the family since Thanksgiving, "[It's] Really fun because I missed my sisters."

Her older sister Mikayla told News Leader Nine, "Now we get to see her getting up and playing instead of sitting in a bed not being able to do anything."

"To watch her come from the state she was in to what she is now is remarkable. Its unbelievable how well she recovered," said Kelly.

Even though it's now Easter, the family promised not to celebrate Christmas until Maegan came home.

Kelly explained, "We missed Christmas. We'll do Easter first then Christmas." Michele added, "The tree is still up. We have gifts under there. Maybe next week we can talk to Santa and see if he'll come."

Besides opening presents and hunting for eggs, Maegan is looking forward to a few other things in the future. She tell said she can't wait for, "Going to school and wearing high heels. I couldn't wear them before because I was weak but I can now because I'm getting better."

During all the hard times, Maegan maintained a smile on her face and thanks in her heart.

"Thanks for praying for me and thanks for loving me and supporting me and coming to the wrestling," Maegan concluded.

Since Maegan's trip to Scottish Rite Children's Hospital in Atlanta, community members have come together to raise money for the family's mounting medical bills. Great Championship Wrestling hosted a fundraiser and brought in more than $4,000.

This Thursday, the group is hosting a welcome home ceremony for Maegan at the Great Skate Plex in Phenix City. Tickets are $8 and doors open at 6:45. The Johnson family's favorite wrestler, Buff Bagwell, will be in attendance.