Paralyzed FedEx driver returns home after months in rehab

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A Bridgeport FedEx driver who was paralyzed while on the job is home from the hospital for the first time in over six months.

Joseph Newson, 29, was paralyzed back in May when he had an accident in Warren in his FedEx van.

Newson is a Navy combat veteran who served in Iraq.

Newson now has the use of his arms but is paralyzed below his chest.

After months in rehabilitation, state and local leaders visited Newson at his home Sunday to salute his courage and wish him well into the New Year.

Newson wiped away tears while talking about his long recovery, saying that he received so many cards and letters that it was just not possible to respond to all of them. 

"I think we look towards 2018 with optimism,” said Mayor Joe Ganim. “And I do it because of people like you. You inspire me."

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