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    Boy to get out of hospital after 466-day stay for H1N1
    Posted on March 11, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – A 7-year-old boy who contracted the H1N1 virus in November 2009 will leave the hospital Sunday – 466 days after he entered for treatment for the condition.

    Robert “Boo” Maddox is scheduled to depart Children’s Hospital with his parents and four siblings.

    According to a hospital spokesperson, Maddox was brought in on November 19, 2009 in critical condition. He tested positive for H1N1 and was placed in pediatric intensive care...

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    Re: Boy to get out of hospital after 466-day stay for H1N1

    Boy suffering from swine flu fights for life in New Orleans hospital nearly 500 days, wins

    Published: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 9:50 PM Updated: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 10:05 PM

    By Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Times-Picayune

    MATTHEW HINTON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Robert G. Maddox, V, nicknamed "Boo"shows off some of his scars with the help of his father Robert G. Maddox, IV, in New Orleans Saturday, March 26, 2011. After 501 days in the hospital including 494 days at New Orleans Children's Hospital, Robert "Boo" Maddox, 7, and his family finally received the news they had been waiting to hear: that he can leave. Boo came to Children's Hospital in critical condition on November 19, 2009. He tested positive for the H1N1 virus and was immediately placed in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). He suffered through a litany of ailments, including organ failure. Doctors placed him on an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which functioned in place of his heart and lungs to give his organs time to heal. After 53 days, he was taken off ECMO, and was able to begin the next stages of his recovery. His parents believe his recovery is miraculous and the doctors state his recovery is statistically rare. Boo entered hospital at age 5 and will be leaving at age 7.

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