'It's a miracle': Boy pulled from ocean released from hospital

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PUYALLUP, Wash. -- The Spanaway boy who was pulled from the Pacific Ocean last month after being underwater for nearly 20 minutes is finally well enough to return home.

Dale Ostrander's mother considers the development a miracle.

"There have been moments of great despair," said Kirsten Ostrander. "Honestly thought we were saying goodbye to our son."

Dale hasn't been home since he nearly died six weeks ago. He was on a trip to the ocean with his church group when a riptide sucked the seventh-grader underwater for nearly 20 minutes

"When they brought him ashore, he had no heartbeat. He was not breathing," said his mother.

His friends from church knelt down in the sand and prayed. And prayers poured in from around the world.

That once-lifeless boy is now relearning how to walk and talk.

"It's a miracle," said Kirsten.

The boy's brain injury requires a lot more therapy. He's not ready to return to school.

"He is not 100-percent Dale as he was Aug. 4, but I believe that he will be back and recover fully," said his mother. "Being himself, being loving, sweet, goofy sometimes -- that's still there."

Kirsten's prayers have been answered, though Dale faces a long road to recovery. Dale said he just wants to get home and pet his dog.

Therapists will continue to help Dale at home with his speech and concentration.