DENISON, TX - The National Network of Organ Donors says 19 people die every day in this country waiting for an organ transplant, but one Denison High School student says he's not going to be one of them. As he told our own Jalah Gray, an organ donor saved his life.
"Steven is an amazing young man, I think he has a lot to offer the world." said Suzanne Moody.
18 year old Steven Songer says he feels like he could run a marathon these days, but having so much energy is completely new to him.
Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth, he's been sick his entire life.
Just a few months ago he was told he had about 6 months to a year left to live.
"I was just tired, tired of everything, tired of having to be connected to an oxygen tube, tire of being tired, see when you don't have lungs you don't really have the energy to do anything." said Steven Songer.
The cystic fibrosis had damaged his lungs so much, they were functioning at a dangerously low percentage.
Steven was in desperate need of a double lung transplant.
"He couldn't hardly move anymore, he was just sick, and I knew if it didn't happen soon, it was not going to be good, I was probably going to have to bury him." Moody said.
He was put on a transplant waiting list, and in just 2 months he was matched with a donor.
On March 31st, Steven was given a healthy set of lungs.
"I was just happy that I would be able to live a normal life, a better life than I have had in a long time." Songer said.
His Aunt Suzanne says his recovery has been nothing short of a miracle. Just days after surgery he was able to dance and play around with his cousins.
"To see him now, with new lungs, being able to walk across the floor, go pick up what he wants, to be able to tell me what he wants to say and be able to finish the whole sentence, because he doesn't run out of air, is just amazing." Moody said.
Steven and his Aunt are staying close to the hospital in Dallas while he recovers. Family an friends say, they can't wait for him to come home.
"I love him like he's one of my own." said Uncle, Dan Moody.
"He's one of the nicest people I know, of all people he deserves to live as long as he wants to." said, friend Rachel Cazzelle.
"He has an appreciation for life that I haven't seen in any 18 year old ever." said cousin, Nicole Sullivan.
"I'm ready for him to get back, and I'm ready to hang with him, play guitar out and go outside, play football." said cousin, Austin Mitchell.
Suzanne says her nephew's strength in the face of death, has inspired her to live every day like it could be your last.
"He's taught me that we always get stressed out about this or that or this or that, and none of that is really important, loving life is what it's about." said Moody.