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Cardinals pitcher visits sick boy in hospital

(Source: St. Louis Children's Hospital/Facebook) (Source: St. Louis Children's Hospital/Facebook)
(Source: St. Louis Children's Hospital/Facebook) (Source: St. Louis Children's Hospital/Facebook)
(Source: St. Louis Children's Hospital/Facebook) (Source: St. Louis Children's Hospital/Facebook)
(Source: St. Louis Children's Hospital/Facebook) (Source: St. Louis Children's Hospital/Facebook)
ST. LOUIS (KFVS) -

It's been quite the week for 10-year-old Zy'ron Ward.

Zy'ron, from Ferguson-Florissant, has been in the St. Louis Children's Hospital since September 2014 when he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.

Since Zy'ron was 4 years old, he's wanted to become a police officer.

And on Saturday, he got that wish.

Officers from the St. Louis City Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol came to the hospital to make him an honorary officer.

He was sworn in by the hospital's own public safety unit.

Now, when he was sworn in, Zy'ron was wearing a St. Louis Cardinals shirt.

The organization saw the story and wanted to do something of their own.

On Wednesday, Trevor Rosenthal paid Zy'ron a special visit.

He not only gave the boy a jersey, but handed him the glove Rosenthal used all season.

We're told the two talked baseball, their love for dogs and the importance of perseverance.

Zy'ron can't speak well after recently undergoing a tracheotomy and has extreme facial swelling that's a side effect of systemic steroids.

But there's reason to celebrate.

Zy'ron also learned on Saturday he'll be discharged from the hospital and gets to head home November 3.

His disease is still serious, but can now be managed with home health services.

A hospital spokesperson said they're grateful for all the support Zy'ron has gotten.

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