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Published June 27, 2013, 02:49 PM

Fargo 10-year-old out of ICU after temporary setback; could be released Friday

HOUSTON – Jordan Peterson, the 10-year-old Fargo boy who received a double-lung transplant here last week, is out of the intensive care unit after a setback on Wednesday in his recovery.

By: Kevin Wallevand, Forum News Service, INFORUM

HOUSTON – Jordan Peterson, the 10-year-old Fargo boy who received a double-lung transplant here last week, is out of the intensive care unit Thursday after a setback on Wednesday in his recovery.

Peterson could be leaving Texas Children's Hospital on Friday, his father, Dan Peterson, said.

"The lungs look great they are healing quickly ... They rushed him back to ICU and so everything is looking great we are going to give it a go tomorrow to be released," Dan Peterson said.

Peterson went back in the ICU Wednesday night so doctors could figure out what caused a reaction or episode with his new lungs Wednesday afternoon, said his father, who called the setback a "bump in the road" in a caringbridge post Wednesday night.

This morning he wrote: "We had a scary time last night with Jordan needing to return to the ICU and operating room to remove mucus plugs that were blocking his bronchial passage. Great news is the procedure was a wonderful success and he is back doing fantastic."

Peterson wrote that his son's new lungs "look great and healthy. We are moving out of ICU and back to a regular room as soon as one is ready. He still might be released today."

Earlier in the day Wednesday, Jordan played with Legos in his hospital room and spoke about his life-changing transplant with his parents, Dan and Annette, by his side.

Jordan is not only a patient ready to leave. He is a young philosopher.

“Just faith, I guess,” the boy responded when asked how he got through his ordeal.

“Belief in Jesus Christ and all that helps me.”

Jordan texts his buddies back home in Fargo, trying to stay in contact with them all – his fan club.

Houston’s hot and humid weather has Jordan actually wishing for winter.

“Triple digits,” he said. “I ask all the time how do you guys live down here.”

But Jordan is also talking about what this gift of life means to him.

“I don’t know how to describe it; it is just a great feeling I guess. To know that I can breathe a lot better,” Jordan said.

He is now walking several times a day. It almost feels normal again, his dad said.

“He has been such a fighter through it all, even with the pain and all of that to have the will to walk and get up and go,” Dan Peterson said.

The Peterson family temporarily relocated to Houston in October to be close to Texas Children’s Hospital, where the average wait for a set of lungs is four months.

This was the family’s fourth attempt at locating a possible donor.

Annette Peterson said Wednesday that the family’s long road to the Lone Star State has been “a constant reminder that all things are possible; there is nothing you can’t get through.”

Jordan has had the time to think about the unselfish decision by a parent to donate a child’s organs so that he may live.

“I know it is hard for the other parents, but they know they are doing something good,” he said.

What would he say to them?

“Thank you.”

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