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Brooks Welcomes a Miracle Home

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Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman was there to bring you this story.

"This is the way small communities are that you just are there for one another," Joyce Morinville said, shaking a homemade sign in her hand.

For every hundred people in the town of Brooks, one is bound to steal your heart.

"She's our miracle," Joyce said.

Those are the odds on Main Street this cold April day, when the whole town came out to welcome home their sixteen-year-old hero.

"She was having a hard time breathing and they just thought it was some kind of a flu," Joyce said of their guest of honor. "Then, she ended up with ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome)."

Mickala Morinville started this journey last September when ARDS disease attacked her lungs, and the fight for her life began.

"Kidney transplants, lung transplants and a heart... She was at the top of the donor list and she miraculously walked out of Mayo with no donor," Joyce said.

"It's been one heck of a ride," Cody Kalamm, Mickala's boyfriend, said.

Mickala walked out of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester only to roll into the starved arms of family and friends.

"I guess I wanted to (be here) because it's my birthday today and this is probably one of the best birthday gifts I'll ever get," Cody said.

She drove in to find around a hundred people lining the streets, escorted by the highway patrolman who just happens to be her uncle.

The road has been long but always an end in sight, for the first time in seven months, Mickala is home.

"Mayo was a great place and I made a lot of new friends, but of course, I miss home and have been waiting to come back here for many months," Mickala said as she lay back in her recliner.

Doctors may never know what caused her disease, or how she beat a 5% percent survival rate.

"The prayers got us through," Mickala said.

But, those are odds this town is willing to bet on.

Mickala has come father than any doctor at the Mayo Clinic has seen before.

So, at this point, they don't know what her recovery will look like.

But, Mickala says she's working to get back in school this fall.

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