Best Stories of 2013: Jordan PetersonFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - What a difference a few months make. Fargo's Jordan Peterson is now playing hockey, and attending Oak Grove. One year ago, he was "laid up" in an RV Park in Texas, awaiting a life-saving lung transplant.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - What a difference a few months make.
Fargo's Jordan Peterson is now playing hockey, and attending Oak Grove.
One year ago, he was "laid up" in an RV Park in Texas, awaiting a life-saving lung transplant.
As part of our look back at 2013, our reporters are bringing us memorable stories from this past year.
Sitting in his room here at Texas Children's Hospital, Jordan Peterson is not only a patient ready to leave here, he is a philosopher. A successful lung transplant--a life changer.
“Here is the bad guy, the general.”
Why is it, it sometimes takes a 10-year-old to put life into perspective for us.
“Kind of like a tank.”
Today, Jordan Peterson plays with legos in his room. His parents Dan and Annette by his side. And for the first time, we talked with this clever but caring kid.
Who had death knocking on his door, and who along with his parents, came to the only medical center that would take him.
Annette Peterson/Jordan’s Mom: "When you are told your child has a year and if you do not consider this, you will not have him."
Jordan texts his buddies back home, trying to stay in contact with them all. His fan club.
Dan Peterson/Jordan’s Dad: “Doing great.”
He is now walking--several times a day.
Dan: “Almost feels normal again.”
And actually wishing for winter.
Jordan Peterson/Lung Transplant Recipient: "Triple digits."
After hot humid Houston.
Jordan: "I ask all the time how do you guys live down here."
But he is also talking--about what this gift of life means to him.
Jordan: "I don't know how to describe it, it is just a great feeling I guess. To know that i can breathe a lot better. "
Want a kid who is deep. Ask him how he made it through this storm.
Jordan: "Just faith I guess."
There's more, remember he is ten and has fought to breathe every breath the last several months.
Jordan: "Believe in Jesus Christ and all that helps me."
And perspective comes from this 10-year-old who has had the time to think about the unselfish decision by a parent to donate their child’s organs that Jordan may live.
Jordan: "I know it is hard for the other parents, but they know they are doing something good.”
If you wanted to say something to them:
Jordan: "Thank you."
Short, simple, powerful as life gets.
Annette: "All we could hear was him breathing. It was a beautiful sound."
Dan: "He has been such a fighter through it all, even with the pain and all of that to have the will to walk and get up and go". (Dad)
It has been a long road to the Lone Star state, new lungs for a kid with a heart the size of Texas.
Annette: "A constant reminder that all things are possible there is nothing you can't get through."
And Jordan returned recently from a checkup in Houston where doctors gave him a "thumbs up" on the new lungs. No sign of rejection.