Halloween extra sweet for 6-year-old transplant recipient

KETV | Omaha | Andrew Ozaki

OMAHA, Neb. - Halloween is supposed to be fun for kids, especially if it lands on their birthday.

But for one little boy, Oct. 31 will always be the day he got a life-changing treat.

And this year will finally be different.

French fries, chicken nuggets and burgers: it's all soon-to-be 7-year-old Patrick Hoopes eats.

"And bacon," added Dr. Alan Langnas. "So I completely respect that."

And his parents and his doctor couldn't be happier.

That's because until eight months ago, Patrick could only eat through a tube. He was born with a condition called gastroschisis, which means his intestines were outside of his abdomen.

His parents, Emily and Brian Hoopes, knew this and the challenges they would face when they adopted Patrick when he was 5 days old. Continue reading VIDEO