Local Frewsburg Veteran Surprised With Special Homecoming

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FREWSBURG – A local veteran was welcomed home by his family, fellow vets and community members alike during a surprise homecoming on Monday.

Cindy Reidy, the Program Coordinator for the Joseph P. Dwyer Peer to Peer Program of Chautauqua County, says Clavin Fain was hospitalized after having a bad reaction to medication prescribed following a heart transplant.

“There’s a lot of things that go with a transplant that I didn’t know, but these (Fain’s symptoms) were different,” explained Reidy. “So, he drove himself to Erie and while he was in Erie getting checked out his throat started closing up and he had to be ventilated; this started a whole snowball.”

Fain was transferred from hospital to hospital over the past month while doctors worked to diagnose what was wrong.

After study by countless medical professionals, and several prayers from community members, the vet recovered quickly and was released from the hospital on Monday.

“Instead of long-term rehab, on Friday they told his wife they were going to send him home Monday,” said Reidy.

That’s when members of the Dwyer Group, and other supporters, got together to arrange the surprise homecoming.

“Some of the pictures on Facebook you can see are some of my guys, Chuck is a really great artist and he was drawing some really fancy things,” said Reidy. “We had everybody chip in and make a sign.”

Reidy says community members who would like to send ‘get well soon’ cards should address them to 76 Ivory St. Frewsburg, NY 14738.

“He, I’m sure, would really enjoying having a card shower right now while he is getting his strength back and fighting through this,” furthered Reidy.

She says Fain will spend some time recovering at home until he is back to full strength.


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