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After undergoing a double lung transplant, Noah James and his family stepped out of a Boonville fire truck and into the arms of family, friends, and neighbors. After undergoing a double lung transplant, Noah James and his family stepped out of a Boonville fire truck and into the arms of family, friends, and neighbors.
BOONVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

A special homecoming tonight in Boonville for a teenager who recently underwent a double lung transplant in St. Louis.  A large crowd gathered at his school to welcome him back.  

Noah James knew nothing about Monday night's event until a fire truck pulled up to escort him to his school where dozens of supporters were waiting to welcome him back home.

"What a miracle it is for him to be here with us," Boonville resident Samantha Bourassa said.  

After undergoing a double lung transplant, Noah James and his family stepped out of a Boonville fire truck and into the arms of family, friends, and neighbors.
 
"We all rallied together to give Noah a second wind," Bourassa said.  

For Noah, a long-time member of his school's swim team, breathing became difficult late last year.  In may of this year, he learned some of the small airways in his lungs had collapsed, only allowing him to use 16% of his lungs.

"So he went from swimming to just overnight, not being able to swim," Noah's mother, Amy James said.

In order to be put on a waiting list for a transplant, the James' family had to temporarily move to St. Louis.  In just three weeks, a donor was located and the process underway.

"A few surgeries, a few biopsies, a poke here and there and a lot of blood drawn," Noah James said.

But now, four months later the 16-year-old has been given the green light to go back to school and even rejoin his swim team.

"I've been on the swim team with him for five years and it was just amazing to watch him go through all this," said BHS swimmer, Elizabeth Lewis. 

Calling him a role model and friend to the community, Boonville Mayor Pam Hendrickson choked back tears as she proclaimed Monday, September 17th, "Noah James Day in our city."  

Noah can go back to school beginning October 1st.  He'll still have to go to St. Louis from time to time for a check-up.

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