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Teen recovering after cancer diagnosis, liver transplant

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

It has been a whirlwind few months for a 16-year-old Statesville football player. 

Dalton Edwards was diagnosed with liver cancer on September 27. He got on the transplant list October 4. On October 8, his family got a call about an available liver.  The next day he went into surgery.

WBTV's Molly Grantham did a story with Dalton and his family at their home in Iredell County after he was released from the hospital.  Thursday morning, WBTV went with them to Carolinas Medical Center for a checkup.

"It's just now starting to process," said Geri Edwards, Dalton's mother.  "I was sitting at work yesterday and just burst into tears.  It just all of a sudden hit me.  Reality is starting to set in."

Doctors say the reality for Dalton is pretty good.  He's doing exceptionally well.  He is on medication now, will be for life, and will start some more intense medicine soon to keep tumors from coming back.  But overall, they say Dalton is a great example of how things should go.

"I don't know if he's really a kid," says Dr. David Levi, a transplant surgeon with CMC.  "I want to say young man, but kids are really resilient, and he is a very tough young man and that matters."

Also, though his family has never asked for anything other than prayers, friends established a fund to help with medical bills. You can find it here.

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