Corinth Boy Suffering From Rare Disease Gets Lung Transplant

Corinth Boy Suffering From Rare Disease Gets Lung Transplant

Web Editor: Rhonda Erskine, Online Content Producer
Created: 5/14/2008 6:13:58 PM
Updated: 5/15/2008 11:25:28 AM

CORINTH (NEWS CENTER) — Last fall, we brought you the story about a 10-year-old boy from Corinth who needed a lung transplant. Wednesday, Zachary Nickerson returned home after getting the procedure he desperately needed.

Zachary has SCIDS, Severe Combined Immuno-Defficiency Syndrome. It is often called “bubble boy disease.”

Zachary’s immune system is so weak that even the slightest cold can land him in the the hospital.

Zachary got a special ride home from the Corinth Fire Department Wednesday. An excited group of friends and family were there to greet him.

“This is pretty awesome,” said Zachary’s mother, Michele Nickerson. “Zachary is so excited. He’s been anxious to get home. There’s been times in that hospital when he would wonder if he would ever come home.”

Zachary has lived three years of his life in the hospital and has had more than two dozen operations, including two bone marrow transplants. Despite his problems, his family says he has an amazingly positive attitude.

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