SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - He suffered life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a teenage drunk driver, but now there's some good news to report. Baby Izaiah Wallis is going home.

Twenty-two-month-old Izaiah Wallis has made incredible strides since the tragic day last October, when a 17-year-old drunk driver veered up onto the sidewalk and plowed into the stroller Izaiah's grandfather was pushing.

Doctors had warned his parents Izaiah -- who was 18 months old at the time -- might never breathe on his own and might be blind, but four months later, Izaiah can see, though no one's sure how much. His dad says Izaiah is a fighter.

"He's made a lot of progress. He got the halo off, the trach is off, he's getting his upper body stronger, but he still has a long way to go; he's still paralyzed. It's going to be tough," father Jacob Wallis said.

For the very first time since the crash, his parents took him out Sunday for an eight-hour day trip.

"He was just so happy to be out and be riding in the car again in the car seat," Jacob said.

Doctors say on Feb. 25, Izaiah will be well enough to finally leave the hospital.

"Man that's so exciting, 11 more days, we'll be able to take him home," Jacob said.

The 17-year-old drunk driver who hit Izaiah pleaded not guilty to felony drunk driving and was sentenced to 480 days in juvenile hall.