Wellington-born Mose Masoe's remarkable recovery journey has taken another great stride after getting the green light to return home.
The former Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers prop's career ended in January when he damaged his spinal cord during a Super League pre-season game for Hull Kingston Rovers.
Masoe underwent emergency surgery before spending four days in intensive care.
The 30-year-old was then moved to a spinal specialist care unit in Wakefield, where he remained for 14 weeks.
But Masoe is now free to return to his home in Hull, less than four months after it was feared he would never walk again.
The Samoan international posted three pictures on social media on Sunday [NZ time] along with an emotional message of thanks.
"Pinderfields Regional Spinal Unit! I can’t thank you guys enough for what you guys have done for me," Masoe wrote on Instagram.
Masoe posed with nurses in his unit Pinderfields before being discharged.