'Super Jude' getting by with a little help from his friends

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Praying for Jude Sullivan Peters

One of North Carolina's most beloved kids, 'Super Jude,' is continuing to inspire hope by celebrating his fifth birthday on Wednesday.

Jude Sullivan Peters lives with rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata-- a rare and lethal form of dwarfism. There is no cure, but that hasn't stopped Peters' family from inspiring thousands of people across the world with his story of resilience.

Peters' family said, initially, doctors told them their child wouldn't live outside the womb. Later, they said he wouldn't live two months. Two months turned into two years. Now, the family said celebrating Jude's fifth birthday is nothing short of a blessing.

Still, Peters has his battles. He's currently in the hospital where he's been fighting a virus for two weeks. Family is hoping he can return home to celebrate his birthday.

It's estimated that only a few dozen children across the world live with Peters' condition.

FOX 46 has been covering Peters' story since early on, even traveling with the family to a conference in Alabama to meet other families fighting the same condition.