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Fredericktown man is the ultimate survivor

At age 23, Josh is now in remission. At age 23, Josh is now in remission.
At the age of one, something went wrong. At the age of one, something went wrong.
He was diagnosed with bileria atresia. It's a disorder that causes the liver to fail. He was diagnosed with bileria atresia. It's a disorder that causes the liver to fail.
FREDERICKTOWN, MO (KFVS) -

In 1989, Joshua Jarrett came into this world. 

"When he was born, he was perfect," said Brenda Jarrett-Josh's Mom. 

At the age of one, something went wrong. 

"He started changing colors," said Brenda. 

In photos from that time, you can see just how jaundiced he was.

He was diagnosed with bileria atresia. It's a disorder that causes the liver to fail.

Josh would need a transplant.

While on the waiting list, his heart began to fail.

"Wasn't a day that went by that you didn't know if the boy would survive or what the outcome was going to be," said Darrell Jarrett-Josh's Dad. 

Little Josh would also need a heart transplant.

"He was the first to have two major organ transplants at two separate times," said Brenda Jarrett. 

The outlook wasn't good. 

"He was given a 5% chance of survival," said Darrell Jarrett. 

However, Josh would soon make national headlines as doctors marveled at the child's amazing recovery.

"I can remember the first time the boy took off running on the soccer field," said Darrell Jarrett. 

He graduated high school, and started chasing his dreams.

Then two years ago sickness set in again. 

"Everything I'd eat would come back up, and got worse over a two year period," said Josh Jarrett. "I went to the ER several times, and they finally found a blockage in my lower intestines. There was a two inch section they had to remove."

After more tests there was yet another painful diagnosis: lymphoma.

"That was a rough one, why...why again," said Darrell Jarrett. 

Doctors told Josh the cancer is likely a direct result from the anti-rejection drugs he has taken everyday since his transplant surgeries. 

"Slowed me down again, but I kept going," said Josh. 

At age 23, he is now in remission.

"It's all looking pretty good right now," said Josh. 

"It amazes me how strong he is," said Brenda Jarrett. 

Josh hopes to inspire others who are currently fighting their own battles.

"Look at me, don't give up, just look at all I've made it through," said Josh. 

"We're very proud of him," said Darrell Jarrett. "Always have been...always will be."

As they believe Josh is here for reason.

"He's always been a miracle," said Darrell Jarrett. 

Josh Jarrett is planning to go back to school.

He hopes to pursue his life long dream of restoring cars.

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