December 5, 2006 -- Posted at 5:03 p.m. CST
JONESBORO, AR -- A family forced from their home a year ago is now moving back in.
In a story K8 news first brought you more than a year ago, the home of the Hargett family was infested with black mold. The mold had contaminated everything from the walls to the personal belongings of the family.
Now their home has been gutted and re-built and the family has new hope for the future.
"Before we actually found out what this is we were all staying sick, especially my two children," said homeowner Tammy Hargett.
Hargett's two boys suffered from multiple respiratory illnesses caused by the mold. The family was told their home would have to be completely destroyed.
"When you're at that much damage, you know, we really didn't know what to do," said Hargett.
Absolute Organics, a company that specializes in mold removal, came in this summer and fogged the home removing the dangerous substance.
"They fogged our house for us as a donation and they just retested it and its mold free," said Hargett.
The Hargett family was able to move back into their home about a week ago and right now they're living in their basement until the rest of the upstairs is finished.
Donations from Good Neighbors in Region 8 poured in to help the family get their house back after our stories aired.
The family lost their furniture, their clothes and the roof over their heads. Now things are definitely looking up.
"We spent the whole summer doing it ourselves and then people just started donating things here and there to try to get us where we are today," said Hergett.
The walls are now sheet rocked and the floors are being laid down. Absolute Organics advised the Hargett's not to use wall paper or carpeting, warning that those surfaces would be a good breeding ground for mold in the future.
After staying out of the "mold house" over the past year the health of the family is now greatly improved.
"They were getting where they were having nosebleeds right before we left, and it's just so much better," said Hargett.
Even though the home is not finished yet the family is looking forward to spending Christmas at home.
"My son, he wanted Santa to come visit him here this year," said Hargett.