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Iowa mom in crash that killed kids goes home

Heather DeJoode is shown with daughter Claire.
Heather DeJoode is shown with daughter Claire.

An Iowa mother who was hospitalized for five months after a crash that killed two of her children has gone home.

Troy DeJoode says his wife Heather returned to their Ankeny home last week.

Heather DeJoode spent four months in inpatient rehabilitation after the May 6 accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury and pelvis and facial fractures. She was in a coma for a month.

Troy DeJoode says she walked out of the rehab center without an assistive device. She'll require ongoing outpatient therapy.

The DeJoodes' 5-month-old daughter Claire and 5-year-old son Carson died after the accident.

Troy DeJoode says a third child, 3-year-old Chase, was injured but is doing well.

Authorities say the family's vehicle was struck by a pickup truck.

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