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WR boy 'Li'l Man' returns home from Atlanta hospital

Robert M.L. Davis Jr., the 3-year-old from Warner Robins who's been at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston fighting the effects of pulmonary atresia, returned home Wednesday night.

Cathy Holland, the boy's grandmother and guardian, said doctors told her they think they've managed to stop the bleeding in his left lung that caused him to be hospitalized.

"He's hanging in there, but with him having use of one-third of one lung he gets tired faster," Holland said today. "He's trying to walk some but still can hardly talk because his vocal chords are irritated due to the breathing tube."

The boy returned from California last month where he had surgery to replace shunts in his right lung that he'd outgrown. The shunts allow oxygen-rich blood to flow into his lung. He was born with pulmonary atresia, a condition where no pulmonary valve exists in the heart to allow blood to flow to the lungs.

"He wants to be here; he knows it and God knows it," Holland said. "We were told when he was 6 months old he wouldn't last long. He's going to be 4 years old next month, and he's proven the doctors wrong."

For the immediate future, she said, the family plans to continue caring for him, taking it one day at a time.

"I want to thank all those who've prayed for him," she said. "The doctors did their part, but I know the prayers did most of the work."