9-year-old boy gets a hero’s welcome

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A young boy who has been through more at the age of nine than most adults have experienced in their lifetime got a hero’s welcome in Albuquerque on Saturday.

Arthur Cordova is back in his hometown after battling a life-threatening disease for the second time.

From the Duke City to a galaxy far, far away, all kinds of heroes gathered at a Northwest Albuquerque neighborhood.

They were waiting on the biggest hero of all: 9-year-old Arthur Cordova.

He had been in Houston for the past seven months, waiting for a new pair of lungs after learning he had pulmonary fibrosis and his lungs had failed.

The cause—chemotherapy, the same thing that had saved his life after he was diagnosed with leukemia at just 1 and a half years old.

“The journey has been long but worthwhile,” said Arthur’s mother, Joyce Cordova.

Even Albuquerque police and firefighters showed up to give Arthur a hero’s welcome.

“We just feel that Arthur is a really special guy, and he has gone through a lot in his life,” said Melissa Romero with the Albuquerque Fire Department.

“Nine… maybe going on 21,” Arthur’s mom joked about her son’s age.

The crowd got in place with signs in hand, all waiting for the special moment to celebrate Arthur’s latest battle.

“Look at all these special people that came out for you,” Joyce told her son when he arrived.

Arthur had a successful 18-hour surgery in October to replace his lungs and now his mom says he is on track to be a healthy, regular kid.

“I am so excited to finally get my baby home. After a long stay, he fought his battle and he won,” Joyce said.

On top of fighting cancer and undergoing a double-lung transplant, Arthur had a bone marrow transplant at a young age donated by his sister.

Arthur’s mom said his cancer is now in full remission.

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