Heroin put him near death; he woke up with a will to start a new war on drugs

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(KPLR) - A teenager who some said would not survive after a heroin overdose, is going home from the hospital.  Now the former star athlete will focus on just trying to walk again.

18-year-old Brayden Travis looked like he might never respond, when we brought you his story in March. AHis mom Kelly Miller, usually private about her family on Facebook, posted about his heroin overdose and how he struggled with drugs for years.  350,000 people shared their story.  Then Travis woke up.

He exclaimed, 'I`m about to go home.'

Miller added, 'It`s nice to be able to interact with him and have full conversations with him.  He knows what I`m saying and that's just amazing to me.'

Travis continued, 'I think it`s awesome. I`m really lucky.'  He overdosed on a cocktail of heroin and Xanax March 5th, 2015.  The people with him reportedly waited hours to call 911.

He spent weeks in the hospital, hooked up to life saving machines.  When he woke up, he went to Rankin Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital.  President and CEO Lauri Tanner said, 'The medical issue that happened to him was a brain injury.'  Tanner explained, 'He`s done so much better with eating.  He`s able to feed himself, still having a hard time with soup, but so do I Haha.'

Travis talks about his future, telling Tanner he`ll be walking soon.  Tanner told him, 'I hope so.'  Travis answered, 'I know so.'

He also knows why he`s here.  He hopes to convince kids not to experiment with any drug.  He said, 'Don`t.  It`s not worth it.'  He took a long pause, and then said, 'I messed up bad.'

Yet Travis admits there`s no easy solution.  He said, 'There`s not.'  Then he looked over and said, 'What do you think mom?'  She answered, 'I don`t know Bray we tried a lot of things with you. I just think you got yourself so far gone, caught up in it.'

Miller says she heard so many heroin stories after posting their story on Facebook.  She said, 'I feel like it`s growing and once his story got out there, I did not realize how many other adults parents are dealing with the same thing that I am.'

I asked Travis, 'Is there anything you would want to say to your mom that you haven`t?' Travis looked at her and said, 'I love you mom.  Thank you for backing me up, from day one.'  Miller said, 'You`re welcome buddy.  I love you too Bray.'  Brayden Travis interjected, 'I love you more' and they both laughed.

Travis returned home on this day, July 15th, 2015.  His next goal is to walk again.  After that he hopes to get through to kids who are right now being pressured to use drugs.  He started with marijuana, progressed to synthetic pot and then moved on to heroin.