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"I'm so excited I'm home, I don't think I really realize I'm home yet."

13-year-old Trey Lauren has never been so happy to be in his own room. He spent the last three harrowing weeks in children's hospital, battling an aggressive flesh-eating bacteria, which grew explosively-- eating his leg from the inside.

It started when he cut his leg on a nail, and got six stitches.

"Five hours later it was huge, and we knew something was wrong," says Trey.

Doctors put Trey in an MRI, and they could see the bacteria eating him alive. he heard a doctor say:

"12 hours to losing your leg, two days to losing your life. And I was awake during that. And that just freaked me out."

"It was at that point that we realized that wow, this is serious stuff," says father Mark.

Trey's Mom and Dad were at his side, while doctors waged war on Trey's infection before it killed him. Russell Wilson even encouraged Trey to never lose faith.

"I had 13 surgeries in 23 days in the hospital," says Trey.

"I was kissing him goodnight and I whispered in his ear 'I love you--and keep fighting,'" says Mark.

"I had to tell my dad and my mom--'I got this,'" says Trey.

"It was like someone shot me with adrenaline y'know it was like--alright let's do this!" says Mark.

Trey's fighting spirit, and the surgeon's skill combined to beat the bacteria. Now he's got months of physical therapy and a new goal.

"My goal is to try to be playing baseball by the end of the year."

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