MyFOXAtlanta | Beth Gavin
You may remember Jonah Henneberg. The last time he was on FOX 5. he was dressed up as Buzz Lightyear, and then Spiderman, and then Wolverine. Then, he made his own costume with Transformers on top and Toy Story on the bottom. On Thursday night, he and 100 other transplant recipients celebrated their second chance.
Jonah, who is 8, got a kick out of hanging out with Homer and posing for photos with his mom Kerrie as the grand marshal of the Second Chance Parade,
"In the car ride over here-- he'll be 9 next week-- he said, ‘Mom, when I was 5, I had a dream I was going to be a leader, maybe this is what I was supposed to lead!' So, who knows, maybe it was fate," said Kerrie Zurkovsy.
Or, maybe, it's Jonah's little sparkplug personality. Two and half years ago, FOX 5 viewers first met Jonah as a superhero-loving 6-year-old battling liver disease. If he was in a costume and in character, he could cope with anything doctors threw at him, even a liver transplant.
Today, Jonah no longer needs the costumes, and he's doing things he never could when he was sick, like climbing on the monkey bars and pushing himself on the swing.
"Within the first year of his transplant, he could ride a bike, he could climb the monkey bars, he could swim," his mom says. "He could do all these things that he just couldn't do before. That took so much effort, now it comes so naturally to him."
And if you looked around at the crowd of more than 100 Children's Healthcare of Atlanta transplant recipients and their families, Dr. Saul Karpen says it's hard to tell who had surgery and who didn't.
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