Local 'Extreme Makeover' episode airs

Flor­esville wounded warrior featured

SAN ANTONIO - Shilo Harris and his family have lived in their new 4,500 square foot home for nearly a year. But Monday night, they finally got to see how it was all put together.

"Everything's a surprise to us as much as it is to the viewing audience," said Shilo Harris, who was severely wounded from an IED in February 2007.

"The fun happened here," said Shilo's wife Kathreyn. "All the crazy things that happened in San Antonio and all the work and love that was poured into our house."

Harris and his family, show designer Paige Hemmis, friends and extended family watched the program at La Mansion del Rio in downtown San Antonio. The show was originally scheduled to run on December 17 but was moved up.

"Since they changed the date, it was kind of a hustle to make sure we invited our family and everything to the right place and everybody trying to make sure their schedules were free because this is obviously a very special day not just for us but for our family," said Shilo.

The Harris family was sent to Germany for the week the show was filmed in Floresville, so nearly everything they saw Monday night was new to them. Shilo said the house has been a blessing in many ways, not just a new place to live.

"The entire family has received a blessing because this is kind of a good closure to the entire family that suffered from my injuries," said Shilo. 

"This is why we dedicated 10 years of our lives to helping other people, especially military families," added Hemmis, who flew in from Australia to take part in the viewing party.

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