Kiara Mun-Gavin discharged from hospital

Kiara Mun-Gavin discharged from hospital

Durban North teenager, Kiara Mun-Gavin has been discharged from hospital, despite having been given a very low chance of survival following a horrific car crash on Christmas Eve.

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Facebook / Jaci Mun-Gavin

There were tears and joy and clapping as Kiara and her family gathered outside the hospital before she made her way home.

The 13-year-old had suffered a fractured skull and sustained severe brain injuries in the crash.

Kiara had been travelling with her mother, Jaci, to church when their vehicle collided with a motorbike in Mackeurtan Avenue in Durban North.

The aspiring ballet dancer required brain surgery and was place in an induced coma.

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Jaci says swelling on Kiara's brain led doctors to expect the worst possible outcome.

Part of her skull had to be removed.

However, Kiara has since started walking again. She will undergo another operation at a later stage to replace the removed piece of skull. It is currently being preserved inside her abdomen.

"She is still trying to recover neurologically and cognitively -- it's so much nicer to recover at home. It's wonderful to be able to regroup as a family and have an opportunity to be together," said Jaci.

"We've learnt [through this whole ordeal] to enjoy each day. We are just so grateful to have been able to do it with the love and support of so many."

Jaci says doctors told the family this morning that Kiara would be able to continue her healing at home.

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Kiara says she is happy to be heading home.

"I'm feeling so good and excited. All my friends and family have come."

Regular and heartfelt updates from the family on social media drew city and province-wide interest in the story and Kiara's progress.

Listen to more on the interview between Newswatch's Nushera Soodyal and Jaci Mun-Gavin below:

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