What do you want to do when you get out of here? the reporter asked.

Play some more tackle football, the ten-year-old said while gasping for his next breath.

The boys goal seemed lofty considering what hed just been through and what he still needed to do to get better.

In October 2009, reporters had gathered to see for themselves how far Tony Estlinbaum had come since the H1N1 flu pancaked his first football season and nearly took his life.

As he stood while cameras flashed and observers offered encouragement, Tonys father, Hugh, knew his son had reached a milestone and looked forward to the next step at The Childrens Center Pediatric Medical Rehabilitation Unit (PMRU) in Bethany, Oklahoma.

Weve been on a rollercoaster for the past five weeks. Its been a really, really wild rollercoaster ride and were starting to hear the brakes of the rollercoaster. Were starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, he said.

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