Boy injured by firework celebrates 12th birthday

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(KSL News) The Utah County boy severely injured by a homemade firework got a very special birthday celebration.

Bridger Hunt turned 12 today, and his family gathered at Primary Children's Medical Center to throw him a huge surprise party. Family members decorated a hospital room with balloons and banners and filled it with gifts.

His mother, Mindy, says Bridger has been overwhelmed by the support of the community. "Bridger has been having me read over and over the blogs sent to him, over and over the e-mails and the mail that people sent. I mean, he loves that," she said.

This has been a big week for Bridger. He woke up from his coma and started to write messages to his mother on a piece of paper. The doctors removed the tube from his throat early this morning, so he is now able to talk for the first time in over a month.

In honor of his birthday, doctors are letting him leave his room to go to his own party.

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