A Dallas teenager is hoping to get out of the hospital Tuesday, just a week after his life-saving lung transplant.
Fourteen-year-old Marcos Saldana has cystic fibrosis. The disease destroyed his lungs and stripped him of about 75 percent of his ability to breath. Doctors were estimating he only had a few more months to live.
So in December he and his mother flew to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston for a pediatric lung transplant. His father drove to meet them in a truck filled with their belongings.
"I just cried that night," said Julie Saldana, Marcos' mother.
But in the five weeks since the larceny what feels very much like a higher power has more than evened the score.
While most people may wait months or years for donated organs, Marcos was miraculously on an operating table receiving a new lung less than 48 hours after becoming eligible.
"I haven't felt like this in years," he said. "It feels so weird to me to take a deep breath because I used to just stop. I used to take a little breath and it would hurt so bad."
The teen said he can now walk around the whole hospital floor without getting tired and before he would be dying for oxygen after just walking to the bathroom.
Marcos is recovering so well that he has been cleared to leave the hospital. He hopes to return home to Dallas soon.
His family is more than grateful.
"We don't know how long he would have been here if this didn't happen and because it did I have longer with him. And I thank the family that helped us out. Just know that he's going to do good for us and for you," Julie Saldana said.
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