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Published June 28, 2013, 10:54 PM

Dr. Mallory of Texas Children’s guided Jordan Peterson’s transplant

Houston, TX (WDAY TV) - If you want to know anything about one of the World's premier Transplant doctors in the world, head to Texas Children's. That's where Jordan and his family have been the last eight months.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Houston, TX (WDAY TV) - If you want to know anything about one of the World's premier Transplant doctors in the world, head to Texas Children's. That's where Jordan and his family have been the last eight months.

The man who has guided Jordan throughout the disappointments and celebrations is Dr. George Mallory.

For the last several days, Jordan Peterson has called the Texas Medical Center home. The largest medical complex in the world. Fifty-four hospitals, clinics and centers sprawled out across 1,300 acres. Seven million patients a year. One of them, Jordan Peterson, who found a prize fighter doctor in his corner.

Not every child who needs a transplant to survive gets one. But Jordan Peterson found an ally in his battle.

Dr. George Mallory, whose reputation for running an organ transplantation service is respected worldwide.

Dr, Mallory: "He has had the smoothest recovery of any of our recent patients. I am not surprised he has a great attitude, terrific family, and he went into transplant without being too sick."

At 65, Dr. George Mallory could be retiring to the island of his choice, escaping the heat and humidity of Houston.

Dr. Mallory: “And for some complex reasons, not only did I decide to not retire but I asked myself ‘Do I still enjoy this very intense work’ and you hit the nail on the head. This is what it is all about."

But this is why he is loved and respected by children and their families, going through the most traumatic dramatic times of their lives.

Dr. Mallory: “There are uncertainties ahead so with brutal honesty and therapeutic humor try to help Jordan in his rehab.”

Dr. Mallory has been there when Jordan went in for surgery and came out without lungs, three times. But it was Mallory who made the decision to accept the lungs now transplanted into Jordan, when a handful of other hospitals refused them.

Dr. Mallory: “And you never know for sure until the surgeon opens the chest, looked at the lungs, felt them and looked inside so there is artfulness to it, but we are aggressive in thinking through and trying to leave no stone unturned in looking for organs.”

And while Mallory deals with countless families a year here at Texas Children's, there is something about this boy Jordan.

Dr. Mallory: “He is very formal old fashioned boy, I love that.”

And Mallory loves to think long term.

Dr. Mallory: “I think this boy is, I hope for a long time, not weeks or months but many years, but is going to tell his story and enjoy living inspire others and live with courage in the face of uncertainty.”

A 10-year-old and a seasoned transplant doctor, forever together because neither refused to give up on hope.

There will be more on Jordan's Journey in the Saturday and Sunday Forum.

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