By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A young NYPD honorary policeman is out of a Queens hospital, heading home to resume life as a regular kid.

Seven-year-old Anthony Rojas left St. Mary’s Hospital to a round of applause.

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The honorary police officer was on a lung transplant list after being diagnosed with chronic respiratory failure at just 2 years old, but thanks to the hard work of his team of doctors and nurses, he no longer needs the new lungs and is heading home to a loving family.

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“We’re leaving very happy. This is a new beginning. Thank you to all St. Mary’s staff. You guys did a wonderful job with him,” Lucy Ramirez, Anthony’s mother, said.

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Anthony joined the NYPD HOPE Program in 2018. The initiative allows children with severe illnesses to spend time with police officers at New York landmarks.

CBSNewYork Team