Today is the day that 23-month-old Nicolas Holbert will finally be released from Scottish Rite hospital in Atlanta after a month long stay.
Baby Nicolas, as he has become known to members of the community, was found unconscious in a Gordon County pond on Nov. 2.
Like many children who were victims of water accidents, Nicolas’s initial prognosis was not good, but his family says he has recovered in leaps and bounds.
“It’s been a very tough journey, but Nicolas has been a fighter,” said the baby’s aunt, Barbara Penson.
In honor of Nicolas’s homecoming family and friends have lined the drive home from interstate 75 exit 306 to the family’s home on Shaw Road with yellow ribbons.
Friend and neighbor Angie Childers has been an active part of the effort.
“So far we have made 30 bows, and I have heard there will be people with signs and banners along the route,” Childers said.
On Tuesday the family was given instructions on how to care for and transport Nicolas once he leaves the hospital, according to the baby’s uncle, Brian Holbert.
“We are so glad he is coming home. Our family is ecstatic,” said Brian.
According to Brian the outpouring of love and support the Holberts have received from neighbors including the Childers and Rodney and Sherrie Talley, has been overwhelming.
“Their neighbors have been great to them. They have helped cook for them, and kept them going,” Brian said.
But Childers said that is simply what neighbors do.
“We have been their neighbors for four or five year. They’re just sweet people,” said Childers.
When baby Nicolas returns home, Brian says there will be a lot the family will need to adjust to and continued support from the community will be vital to that transition.
“They need the prayers now more than ever,” Brian said.
Brian said that Nicolas is still in a “fragile” state and that he will require a two year recovery period.
Nicolas is due to be released early in the day on Wednesday.