Downing Project coming to an end after months of hard work

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - It's a story of tragedy turning into triumph. Habitat for Humanity came together with the Somerset community to help out a Princess Anne family in need.

Habitat for Humanity called it "The Downing Project," and after months of hard work, the project is coming to an end.

The Downing family say they are all excited to move into their newly renovated home.

Valentina Downing, the grandmother of Naomy and Aydahnn Sells, said, "Well I'm excited about the rooms! I'm totally excited about decorating the home all over again, and I'm excited that the children have what they need, you know, for their disabilities for mentally and physically. They have what they need now."

On December 6th, 2016, Naomy and Aydahnn Sells were violently attacked with a hammer. The suspect in that case was their mothers boyfriend. The attack left 5-year-old Aydahnn with brain injuries, and he has been wheelchair bound for quite some time since.

Miraculously, however, the young boy is now learning to walk again after recently receiving a clean bill of health.

Valentina Downing said, "Aydahnn is doing really well. His last checkup for his MRI, everything was good so we just got really excited about that!"

Aydahnn's older sister Naomy is doing well too. Valentina Downing said her two grandkids are happy to be back in school and returning to a normal life. She said, "They're enjoying being again with children, and for them to be doing so well is just god all by himself, another miracle."

Habitat for Humanity, the nonprofit behind the renovation, is thrilled to be moving the family into their newly renovated home within the next few weeks.

Molly Hilligoss, the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, said, "It's been a long road and we are really excited to get this family back in their home."

According to Valentina, the kids are looking forward to settling into their new life and getting a fresh start. She said, "They're excited! They get happy every time we come in just to peep at what has been done."

A home blessing for the family is currently scheduled for November 11th.

The Downing family is looking forward to spending Thanksgiving and Christmas in their newly renovated house.

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