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Christmas Miracle: Michael Brewer, Teen Set on Fire, Goes Home for the Holidays

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MIAMI (CBS/AP) The mother of Michael Brewer, the South Florida teen doused with rubbing alcohol and set on fire, says her son suffers from nightmares and won't be returning to the family's old neighborhood. But the boy is still getting to spend the holidays with his family.

Photo: Michael Brewer

Brewer, who suffered burns on 65 percent of his body, has been reunited with his family "someplace homey," according to his mother. The 15-year-old was discharged from the hospital Tuesday.

On Wednesday, his mother, Valerie Brewer, praised her son's determination and spirit at a press conference in Miami.

On his first night away from the hospital, the teen watched television with his family and spent time outdoors.

Photo: Michael Brewer recovering in Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Nov. 2009.

Three teens have been charged as adults with second-degree attempted murder in the Oct. 12 attack, which police believe started with an escalating argument over a video game.

Michael must return to the hospital five times a week for physical therapy. His doctor says a long-term prognosis likely won't be known for at least another year.

Brewer won't be moving back into his old home in Deerfield Beach, his mother said. The families of the teens who are accused of the attack live nearby, she said, and her son no longer feels safe in his former neighborhood.

"He doesn't want to go back and I don't blame him," she said. "We're looking forward to moving on and having some peace."

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  • Edecio Martinez

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