"I am a miracle child," says Sean Powell.
At just 10-years-old, Sean Powell knows what he is, "I am a warrior and a member of a team."
As he reads the Soldier's Creed off the poster that hangs on his bedroom wall, Sean's reminded every day that he IS a soldier. But, small things like talking, just sitting up, weren't even in the cards just a few months ago.
"That child has endured more pain and things that I could ever imagine...things that would make us scream and holler and cry, and he would just sit there and smile," says Sean's grandmother, Lisa Smith.
It was 2012 when Sean was first diagnosed with a rare brain cancer. Once in remission, a lung infection developed, sending him back to the hospital...a place he would call home for more than 7 months.
"Were you ever scared?" we asked Sean. "No," he answered. "Most people your age would be," we added. "But, I'm strong," he said.
His strength is what helped him stay alive and eventually come home.
"He's a little boy again. He went from near death to that [playing]..what more can you ask for?" Lisa asks.
Part of Sean's spirits being lifted came from you, our viewers. He asked for 100 "likes" on his Facebook page, Sean's Soldiers, and within 48 hours of airing his story, he had more than 15,000.
"That day, when you looked and you saw more than 100, what were you thinking?" we asked Sean. "Everybody must like me!" he said.
Like many 10-year-olds, Sean loves to play video games and hang with his friends. But, unlike many...he's working on walking again, has a tracheotomy, is hooked up to monitors to make sure he is receiving enough oxygen...and in a matter of seconds, anything could change.
"This tells you how much oxygen he's getting and what his heart rate is," Lisa says. "When it gets down to the 80's, like it did the other night, then you get worried. I bagged him until he got to 96. It took about 10 minutes to get him there," she adds.
That's the grim reality for Sean, right now. And, while many question why something so terrible could happen to a young and innocent boy, Sean says he knows the answer...
"Because I'm strong and tough," he says. "I used to hold my friend's hand when he was sick. His name was Aiden. And, I would hold his hand and say, 'come on, come on, don't cry,'" Sean says.
Sean's story is one that inspires...one that gives you hope...and one that Sean says sends a true message on how miracles, like him, exist. "Believe in God. He heals a lot of people and makes them stronger," Sean says.
The next step in Sean's recovery is to remove the trach. And, while he still has a lot of rehab ahead of him, his goal is start the 5th grade this fall.
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