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Published May 31, 2012, 06:56 PM

Norwegian exchange student returns to Fargo to say thanks for lifesaving miracle

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It’s a heart-warming update on a story we first brought you in November - the story of Magnus' Miracle.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It’s a heart-warming update on a story we first brought you in November - the story of Magnus' Miracle. The foreign exchange student from Norway suffered a life-threatening brain aneurysm while attending school in Devils Lake. Airlifted to Fargo, he was given little chance of survival. Months later he returned to Sanford and thanked those who saved him.

No one is more humble, good natured and thankful than 17 year-old Magnus Fenes of Norway. Today, the Lifeflight Crew that airlifted him, Sanford nurses who cared for him, and the neurosurgeon who performed the lifesaving operation on him all became part of his thank you circle.

Magnus Fenes – Exchange Student From Norway: “How lucky I was, because they say there are so few people who survive and if they survive they usually have a disability and I don't have any disability. I don’t really understand it.”

If you recall, Magnus comes from far above the Arctic Circle in Norway to Devils Lake, North Dakota on a student exchange program. His parents flew to North Dakota this week to see him graduate from high school in Devils Lake; this young man who was not expected to live, now talking about the miraculous recovery.

Magnus Fenes: “Kind of incredible. I don't know why I deserve it, because there are so many else who deserve it more than me.”

Ann Paulson – Magnus’ Mom: “I think this is like a dream.”

His parents are quick to point out the irony of it all. Because of his home town's location above the Arctic Circle, specialty trauma care is hours away. Had the aneurysm happened there…

Ann Paulson: “If this would have happened in Norway, it never would have happened like this. I know for sure, so thank you so much for helping him when he needed it most.”

Today, Magnus presented an engraved flag from Norway to Dr. Hutchison, the neurosurgeon who himself was unsure of Magnus' prognosis. Today, a teenager headed back to Norway, healed, happy and a young man who will never forget us.

Ann Paulson: “I will say you thank you so much for helping us when we needed it so much. Without them we couldn’t have had our son back.”

Magnus Fenes: “Still don't understand how lucky I was. I think maybe in a year or two when I grow up, when I actually get older and get gray hair, maybe then.”

After finishing school back in Norway Magnus plans to become an engineer. He and his family say they will always stay connected to North Dakota.