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11-Year-Old Marks First "New" Birthday

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Sawyer Mobley is like any other 11-year old. He likes The Avengers and the Magic Tree House books. Though he's not from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, he's been on an adventure that rivals ones Jack & Annie lead young readers through.

And one week ago tonight, Sawyer celebrated his first "new" birthday-- one year since his double lung transplant.

"There was a time we weren't sure Sawyer would make it to January first, so we're just very, very thankful."

Just one year ago, Sawyer Mobley underwent a double lung transplant. He had cystic fibrosis... and was unable to keep up with one of his favorite things on earth-- his twin brother, Aiden.

Family friend Debbie Callan led the charge to help raise funds for new lungs for her former student. She saw first-hand how love moves mountains. Callan says she's witnessed a miracle:

"Oh, been part of it. It's also helped us all realize that sometimes we put things at the top priority that shouldn't be at top priority."

Sawyer went on the organ waiting list in August of 2012 at the Children's Hospital of St. Louis... and after four months was in complete respiratory failure.

His mom, Angel, remembers it vividly.

"He was on a ventilator and BB ECMO for about 3 weeks and then we got lungs and we fought our way back.  "

Big changes came when Sawyer hit the 6-month mark.

"We got to stop IV medications on him, we got to stop respiratory treatments on him. He's running, playing, doing things we never dreamed he'd be able to do."

And now, as Sawyer enters the second year of his new life, Angel has learned to appreciate the small things we often take for granted.

"He's been our miracle, just the things you take for granted, like having your kid talk your ear off, and now I'm just appreciative for." 

Sawyer was an honorary tree lighter at the Columbia County Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Evans last year.

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