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Besides stomach issue, Fargo boy with new lungs doing well

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.

But 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, said his son’s scheduled lung biopsy at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston this week couldn’t have gone better. But recently, Jordan has had periodic bouts of severe stomach pain and vomiting that have kept him home from school.

Peterson said doctors did tests and determined that 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 taking a medication that gives relief to about 40 percent of such patients.

Peterson said Jordan’s doctor is 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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