Boy hurt in accident to return home Saturday

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Ben Bowersox rides a tricycle in the hospital to help build his strength.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 5-year-old Jacksonville boy who has been in a North Carolina hospital for nearly two months will be coming home this weekend, his family says.

Ben Bowersox broke both arms and severed some of his fingers in a freak accident at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport on May 7.

Doctors at Duke University Medical Center have performed a number of surgeries to try to repair his hands and arms.

On Thursday morning, he was riding a tricycle in the hospital to help build his strength.

Earlier this month, Ben had been battling serious infections.

Friends of the Bowersox family are organizing a homecoming for Ben. He and his dad are scheduled to land at Craig Airport at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Friends are asking people to line St. Johns Bluff Road near the airport holding signs and balloons to welcome them home.

For more information about the homecoming event, click here.

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