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Published December 20, 2011, 08:56 PM

Devils Lake Exchange Student Who Survived Aneurysm Getting International Attention

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A Devils Lake exchange student is getting international recognition after surviving a brain aneurysm.

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - It's been more than a month since Magnus Fenes suffered a brain aneurysm and his story has inspired many people.

Magnus walks back into the same weight room he felt in severe pain, a little more than one month ago. Friends remember that day.

"You can tell he was burning up a little bit, so we just cooled him down and that's when we contacted the office here and that's when everything got rolling with the paramedics," physical education teacher Josh Jacobson said.

When Magnus suffered a brain aneurysm during a workout, both teachers and students were quick to help and helped saved his life.

"He came close to passing out so I made sure he stayed awake, I was thinking it was a concussion," senior Brandon Swanson said.

The 17-year-old was welcomed back to school last week on Tuesday, there was another surprise, as a reporter from Magnus' hometown visits with family and friends about the teen's miraculous recovery.

"I think this is a remarkable story. He's one of one thousand people that survived this sort of thing," Aftenposten journalist Alf Ole Ask said.

Magnus is surprised by all the attention, but he says he's honored by how many people show they care.

"There's not a lot of people that would come over and I think he lives in New York but works on a newspaper in Norway so it's kind of awesome," Magnus said.

As the days go by, Magnus continues to get better with therapy and the love of family and friends, knowing that his survival has has an impact on people not only in North Dakota but on the other side of the globe.

"He's proven time and time again he's an amazing guy. I mean who else can survive from a brain aneurysm across the ocean," Jacobson said.

"It is nice to do a story with a happy ending sometimes, that's why I came up here and did it," Ask said.

Both Josh Jacobson and Brandon Swanson were honored with "life-saving" awards from the high school for helping Magnus.

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