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  • Peterson, 10, back in ICU after lung transplant, credits ‘faith’ as he recovers

  • Jordan Peterson, the 10-year-old Fargo boy who received a double lung transplant here last week, has suffered a setback in his recovery.
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  • Jordan Peterson, the 10-year-old Fargo boy who received a double lung transplant here last week, has suffered a setback in his recovery.
    Jordan was back in the intensive care unit Wednesday night so doctors can figure out what caused a reaction or episode with his new lungs Wednesday afternoon, said his father, Dan Peterson, who called the setback a “bump in the road.”
    Jordan was expected to be out of Texas Children's Hospital in just days, sleeping in the family’s RV at a Texas campground as he recovers.
    Earlier in the day, Jordan played with Legos in his hospital room and spoke about his life-changing transplant with his parents, Dan and Annette, by his side.
    Jordan is not only a patient ready to leave. He is a young philosopher.
    “Just faith, I guess,” the boy responded when asked how he got through his ordeal.
    “Belief in Jesus Christ and all that helps me.”
    Jordan texts his buddies back home in Fargo, trying to stay in contact with them all -- his fan club.
    Houston’s hot and humid weather has Jordan actually wishing for winter.
    “Triple digits,” he said. “I ask all the time how do you guys live down here.”
    But Jordan is also talking about what this gift of life means to him.
    “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,” Jordan said.
    He is now walking several times a day. It almost feels normal again, his dad said.
    “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,” Dan Peterson said.
    The Peterson family temporarily relocated to Houston in October to be close to Texas Children’s Hospital, where the average wait for a set of lungs is four months.
    This was the family’s fourth attempt at locating a possible donor.
    Annette Peterson said Wednesday that the family’s long road to the Lone Star State has been “a constant reminder that all things are possible; there is nothing you can't get through.”
    Jordan has had the time to think about the unselfish decision by a parent to donate a child's organs so that he may live.
    “I know it is hard for the other parents, but they know they are doing something good,” he said.
    What would he say to them?
    “Thank you.”
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