Boy Home After Fighting Swine Flu for 480 Days

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In 2009, the swine flu caused a global health scare as thousands of people worldwide were hospitalized and even dying from the disease.

Little Robert "Boo" Maddox V was among those who got sick at the height of the H1N1 outbreak. Now almost 500 days later, the 7-year-old is finally out of the hospital and at home with his family in New Orleans.

Boo was flown to the New Orleans Children's Hospital in critical condition on Nov. 19, 2009. He had a high fever, his organs were failing, and a deadly bacterial infection had kicked in.

At one point, Boo had to be put on life support. His hospital stay spanned two birthdays and 10 surgeries.

"We've got five kids. The oldest being 20, the youngest being three. We've never had sickness. We didn't really realize what went on in these places. but God has given us a valuable lesson and that will stick with us the rest of our lives," said Boo's dad, Robert Maddox IV.

Many doctors at the Children's Hospital are still stunned by Boo's recovery.

His family said they are convinced the worst is over and that God is on their side.

There were more than 41,000 H1N1 cases in the United States since the first diagnosis was reported April 15, 2009. In America alone, 2,117 people died from the virus.

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