A Fargo 10-year-old has a new set of lungsFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A Fargo 10-year-old, tonight, has a new set of lungs.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A Fargo 10-year-old, tonight, has a new set of lungs.
Jordan Peterson had transplant surgery, early this morning at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.
The call so many people wait for came in around 4 Monday afternoon for Jordan.
A pair of lungs was being considered for Jordan, so the family rushed to the hospital hoping for the best, but were cautious after a few false alarms.
Dan: "We knew that it's not over until it's over, we certainly tempered our excitement, we've been through this."
Jordan and his family relocated to Houston in October to seek treatment for his cystic fibrosis. He's been on the transplant list for about 8 months to receive a set of lungs to replace his diseased ones. After 3 times being prepped and disappointed, today marked the fourth and final offer for a set of lungs.
Dan: "Annette had calmly come down and just said to Jordan, hey Jordan, how would you like to go get a new set of lungs today."
Little Jordan's chest was opened at 2:30 this morning, at 6:05 his lungs were out, and at 9:45 the new lungs were in and doing their job.
Dan: "I was overwhelmed with emotion, the minute they told us that the lungs were perfusing, the blood was flowing and the tissue had become living tissue again."
Jordan was anxious before heading in to the OR, but ready and well prepared.
Dan: "The last words to the anesthesiologist and the medical team were, "get er done."
Through the long months of waiting for a miracle even the littlest of supporters never lost hope.
Grayson Wetch- Jordan's Best Friend: Excited, I was happy, I was nervous."
Dan says even after all of the ups and downs and bumps along the way he will always remember the ultimate sacrifice the donor and the donors family made.
Dan: "Even though in a moment or tremendous tragedy and loss, they've given life to others."
Jordans parents say he's already smiled even under all the sedation.
Jordan's journey isn't over.
He'll need a lot of medical attention, anti-rejection medication, and physical therapy.
The family plans on being in Texas for at least 3 months.