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Jordy's condition improves

April 13, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Jordy Carper, an 11-year-old Hedgesville boy hospitalized since April 2 with a collapsed lung and infection, was upgraded to stable condition Sunday night and transferred to a regular room.

Jordy received a double-lung transplant in June. He had been in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., until Sunday night.

"They've pretty much found what the problem was. It was a virus that got into his bloodstream and made him very ill," said Larry Hoerner, a guidance counselor at Tuscarora Elementary School who had home-schooled Carper since February.

Jordy will likely remain at the hospital for at least two weeks, Hoerner said, but the boy is no longer sedated and is getting medication for the virus.

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"We're back on the road to recovery," Hoerner said. "He's very weak, he's very confused, but he's off the respirator and is able to communicate now."

The fifth-grader had a rare double-lung transplant in Los Angeles after cystic fibrosis ravaged his own lungs. He returned to school in January, but left at the end of February after a spot was found on his lung.

Hoerner began home-schooling Jordy then, who planned to return to school in April.

But on April 2, Jordy was having trouble breathing and his chest was congested. His mother, Melissa Carper, took him to the Washington, D.C., hospital.

Cystic fibrosis is a fatal inherited disease, with 30,000 people afflicted. It attacks the lungs by producing a thick mucus that can cause infection and lead to death by suffocation.

It's unclear when Jordy's classmates will see him in school again. Hoerner said the family will focus on Jordy's recovery before making plans for school.

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