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Toddler battling rare disease comes home for Thanksgiving

Posted November 26, 2009 12:39 a.m. EST
Updated November 29, 2009 4:01 p.m. EST

— Thanksgiving is all about spending time with people you care about. This year, the holiday will have special meaning for a Holly Springs family.

Two-year-old Cameron Fisher was diagnosed with Atypical HUS (Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome) eight months ago. The toddler was healthy and on his way to Disney World with his family when the disease struck.

Since then, Cameron has spent time at numerous hospitals in Florida and North Carolina, including Durham’s Duke University Hospital and Charlotte’s Levine Children's Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center.

He finally got to come home to Holly Springs Wednesday.

“We’ve had some days in the last months where we weren't sure we were going to get here. It's just amazing,” Laura Fisher, Cameron's mother, said of her son's homecoming.

Cameron’s family greeted him at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport with hugs and kisses.

“Our hope is that being at home is going to just really bring about a big jump in his recovery,” Becky Crawford, Cameron's grandmother, said.

Cameron’s family says this is what Thanksgiving is all about.

“Absolutely gives a new meaning to Thanksgiving. This will definitely be the best one we've ever had,” Fisher said.

“This is a Thanksgiving forever,” Crawford said.

Cameron will likely have to undergo a kidney transplant and rehabilitation, but overall his prognosis has dramatically improved.