Fire engine, parade escort Fairport boy home after risky brain surgery | Community Spirit
Friends and family won't soon forget the day 8-year-old Cory Alberti came home from the hospital. Cory sat in the front seat of a Fairport fire truck while police cruisers flashed their sirens as the parade entered Cory's neighborhood. Neighbors cheered waving signs and wearing T-shirts that read "Team Cory".
"When we turned that corner, he got this big smirk on his face," said Cory's older brother Christian. "And that smirk never left his face. As his older brother, that was nice to see."
Doctors said without brain surgery 8 year old Cory Alberti, from Fairport, might not survive.
Seizures were threatening to damage his entire brain. Now, after a 12 hour operation and just 11 days of recovery, Cory is home.
Today Cory was walked out of St. Mary's with his parents and his older brother Christian. Walking was something the doctors weren't sure Cory would be able to do at this point in his recovery, but he has defied the odds and recovered faster than anticipated.
However, Cory's recovery is not over. Now he will have to undergo physical, speech, and occupational therapy for 2-3 hours a few days a week. Tutors will also be coming to his house so he can continue studies. The process of bringing Cory back to the same physical and mental state he was before will take time. But if his progress so far is any indication of what's to come, he will continue to improve.
His mother, Julie Alberti, has no doubt that Cory will continue to defy the odds.
"Cory is such a positive kid, he's always been such a loving person and everyone genuinely is drawn to him," Julie Alberti said. "Because he perseveres through all of his challenges that he's had since day one."
Cory's family says they're excited for life to get back to normal and are grateful to everyone who supported them and Cory through this whole process.
Click here to watch the raw video of Cory leaving the hospital with his family
Read our previous story about Cory's journey:
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Fairport boy recovering after life-saving brain surgery
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Officer Anthony DiPonzio visits Fairport boy recovering from brain surgery
Fairport boy to return home after rare surgery