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A game changer: double-lung transplant survivor plays football for Oak Grove

FARGO - After receiving a double lung transplant just over a year ago, Oak Grove sixth-grader Jordan Peterson played football Monday night at the Oak Grove North campus.

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Oak Grove's Jordan Peterson, right, waits for his turn to play while watching his team play the Spartans during the Monday night football game at Oak Grove Park in north Fargo. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

FARGO - After receiving a double lung transplant just over a year ago, Oak Grove sixth-grader Jordan Peterson played football Monday night at the Oak Grove North campus.

Peterson, 12, of Fargo, needed the surgery last June to fight the chronic lung condition cystic fibrosis and was back at school last September. The family had traveled to the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston where Peterson was treated successfully by one of the world's premier transplant doctors.

The avid North Dakota State University Bison fan was welcomed back to Oak Grove Lutheran School by cheering classmates and former NDSU football coach Craig Bohl, who called Peterson "a true hero." Peterson, who couldn't run before his surgery, now plans to play hockey too.

 

 

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