Chloe's coming home but first, an open house to say thank you

Chloe Rombach is only 30 miles from Marblehead but it’s been a very long five year journey to bring her home.

“It’s been a long, long, long haul,” said her mom Jeannie Rombach.

But she is excited because there is now a light at the end of that very dark tunnel.

On Dec. 9, 2014 at about 5:30 p.m. Chloe, then 22, was hit by a car while crossing the street in North Hampton where she was living at the time. She was critically injured, suffering severe brain damage. Chloe underwent several surgeries and a lengthy hospital stay and while the Rombachs hoped to care for at home, they first needed to make the house suitable for her arrival, which turned out to be a little easier said than done.

In July 2015, the same year Chloe was moved to Tewksbury Hospital, the Board of Appeals quickly approved renovations plans that would allow for an addition to the Rombach’s Heritage Way home. They hit a snag with their contractor that set the project back but Jeannie Rombach said now everything but a few finishing touches has been completed and they are ready to celebrate not only Chloe’s homecoming but the community that helped make it possible.

The Rombachs will hold an open house Saturday, June 15 from 12 p.m. -4 p.m. at their home at 16 Heritage Way for anyone who has donated, helped out in any way or would just like to drop by, say hello, see the work done and have some refreshments.

“We want to show people what we’ve done because this town has been so supportive,” Jeannie Rombach said. “We could have never gotten through any of this without the people in this town.”

The road to bringing Chloe home was not only a long one in years but also in miles. Jeannie said they have made the trek to Tewksbury to be with Chloe every day for the last four and half years.

“One of us always goes,” she said.

Because she is still working the drive has fallen largely to Ed Rombach, Chloe’s dad. When summer comes, Jeannie said she takes over and sister A.J. also stepped up in a big way. Not having to make the drive is also very exciting Jeannie admitted. She said they are also hoping to hire some part time help to further spell the family.

“It’s been a long haul,” Jeannie Rombach reiterated. “There’s always been an obstruction in our path to overpower, we’re just so glad to finally get her home.”