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Man burned while saving family from fire released from hospital

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MESA, Ariz. -

It's a big day for a valley man. Just a few short months ago, he saved his family from their burning home. In doing so, though, he suffered life threatening burn injuries. Today, on Halloween, he got to leave the hospital.

Boyd Smith received a warm welcome from the nursing staff at the Arizona Burn Center.

Back in May, Smith's home in Black Canyon City that he shared with his wife, daughter and three grandkids caught fire.

"Went back in to make sure I got the grandkids out and that's when I caught fire. After that I don't remember a thing," says Smith.

When he arrived at the Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center, doctors gave him little chance of surviving.

"Literally I shouldn't be here. I had 90 percent burns on me, although I didn't see them I had them."

"We've watched him come from the brink of death to now being his full blown personality that he really is," says Cherrice Morgan, nurse at Arizona Burn Center.

Smith was born without his arms and one leg, but overcame those challenges to run a landscaping business and even become a decorated rodeo cowboy.

Nurses say he's a superhero -- a "hero" because he saved his family -- "and super because he's someone who's had tremendous challenges in life and overcame them in a way that is incredibly awesome," says Morgan.

"No I'm not a hero, you do what you have to do because that's what you're supposed to do, you just can't sit there and watch your family burn up," says Smith.

Smith credits his faith his God, the staff at the hospital, and an incredible outpouring of support for his recovery.

"Cannot even believe, I mean people that I haven't seen since I was grade school coming out of the woodwork again… you're going to have to edit this, I'm getting emotional. These people are wonderful and they're coming out of the woodwork to help me."

Smith kept telling us to edit his interview, but he was just too good. You could sense from the staff there, and from his interview, what an amazing man he is.

He will now continue his recovery at rehabilitation center. Smith says he wants to retire now and enjoy his grandkids.

To donate: www.boydsmithfund.com

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