Nine year old Job McCully is a fighter who refuses to give up. Five years ago he faced down leukemia. Last year his heart stopped twice. Now he's recuperating from a lung transplant he received in December at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
The youngster from a small town near
Job left Children's Hospital on February 21 to live with his mother and grandmother at an apartment provided by the Ronald McDonald House charity. The fourth grader attends class and physical therapy sessions each day at the hospital.
"Right now I can't stand and I get out of breath easy," said Job. When asked how he would describe this lengthy hospital experience, he paused thoughtfully; then said, "Frustrating." The child went on to explain he'd been fighting the disease for five years. Treatment for his leukemia caused the lung damage and prompted the need for a transplant. Despite the successful lung transplant, Job is not ready to declare victory. The drugs he's taken have caused cataracts and diabetes.