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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A South St. Paul man who was nearly killed by a hit and run driver now has a new place to call home.

Zach Mohs, 28, did the official ribbon cutting on his new home on 12th Avenue North Saturday.

Mohs suffered a severe brain injury and lost a leg after a hit and run in Sept. 2012 in Anchorage, Ala., where he was living and working at the time.

Doctors initially told his mom he wouldn’t make it, but she never lost faith.

Mohs made tremendous progress and a dream came true for all of them when they stepped foot in their new home.

“Words can’t even describe how great this feels to finally get my son home,” Mohs mother Cheryl Young said.

The new home was designed to be wheelchair accessible in nearly every part of the house.

The money for the home came from fundraisers the family held while Mohs was recovering in the hospital in Alaska.

The money raised helped pay for the land and the foundation.

Word about Mohs got out and the Builders Association of the Twin Cities and other volunteers then donated the rest.

From the construction and the labor, to the appliances, it was all donated.

“It’s just overwhelming. It’s just absolutely overwhelming as you can tell I can hardly contain myself here. Um, I’m just so happy. I just know this will make a big difference in Zachary’s life and in his recovery,” Young said.

What made this moment even more special was the presence of 86-year-old Ken Kresselt.

“So nice and pleasing to see Zach so happy,” Kresselt said.

Kresselt travelled from Alaska to be there Saturday.

Originally from Rochester, Minn., Ken is was the first to Mohs side after he was hit by the car.

“Nobody wants to be there and I just took care of him that’s all like any good person would do,” Kresselt said.

Ken made a tourniquet and helped keep Mohs warm until help arrived.

“I’m proud to be there then and I’m twice as proud to be here now,” Kresselt said.

“This has really come full circle and it’s just beautiful,” Young said.

Mohs’s recovery continues with the help of the Courage Center.

He now has a prosthetic leg and his mom is optimistic he will walk again someday.

More information on helping Mohs and his family is available online.

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