7-year-old lung patient discharged from Boston hospital in time for Christmas

BOSTON (WHDH) - A 7-year-old lung transplant patient got a celebratory send-off Tuesday as he was discharged from a Boston hospital in time for the holidays.

Joey Alvarado was recovering from a lung transplant at Franciscan Children’s Hospital for nearly four months.

Hospital staff cheered him on as he was discharged Tuesday, and his mother said the family was excited to have Joey back.

“Right now we’re really excited because it’s been a long year for us,” said Kristina Aguilar. “We are excited to go home.”

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