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Published December 13, 2013, 09:41 PM

Fargo boy gets good news six months after double-lung transplant

FARGO — Tests on the Fargo boy who had a successful double lung transplant six months ago show no signs that his body is rejecting his new lungs.

By: Robin Huebner, WDAY

FARGO — Tests on the Fargo boy who had a successful double lung transplant six months ago show no signs that his body is rejecting his new lungs.

However, a new stumbling block is keeping 11-year-old Jordan Peterson from fully enjoying the new life his donor lungs have afforded him.

Jordan’s father, Dan Peterson, says his son’s scheduled lung biopsy at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston earlier this week couldn’t have gone better.

“They couldn’t be happier about how his lungs are doing,” said Dan Peterson. “He’s responded perfectly from that standpoint.”

But recently, Jordan has had periodic bouts of severe stomach pain and vomiting that have kept him home from school.

One such episode happened Monday while he was at Texas Children’s, so doctors witnessed it first-hand.

Peterson said they immediately did some tests and determined Jordan’s stomach doesn’t always empty properly, a likely result of his battle with cystic fibrosis and of a surgery he had on his upper stomach in August, designed to keep acid from coming up and damaging his lungs.

Jordan is now taking a medication that gives relief to about 40 percent of such patients.

Stomach problems aside, Dan Peterson says Jordan is thriving with his new lungs.

“He came home from school with all As and one B-plus,” Peterson said. “He’s loving playing hockey again, being out on the ice.”

Peterson said Jordan’s doctor is very upbeat that they’ll get through this latest challenge.

“He just wants to feel better,” Peterson said of his son. “He’s raring to go.”

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