Infant undergoes surgery, receives new heart - WKRN News 2

Infant undergoes surgery, receives new heart

Posted: Updated: March 29, 2012 3:46 PM CDT
Andrew Hagewood was born on February 6 with an enlarged heart. Andrew Hagewood was born on February 6 with an enlarged heart.
Andrew's parents, Christy and Keith Hagewood following Friday's surgery. Andrew's parents, Christy and Keith Hagewood following Friday's surgery.
Baby Andrew's doctors address the media. Baby Andrew's doctors address the media.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Mid-State baby boy has a new heart Friday after undergoing surgery at Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.

Andrew Preston Hagewood was born February 6 with an enlarged heart and has been waiting for a donor ever since.

His parents' prayers were answered Thursday afternoon.

"It was shock and jubilation and tears that our hopes and our prayers had come to fruition," Andrew's father, Keith Hagewood said Friday following the successful surgery.

Hagewood admits he worried it would never happen.

"The thought gets to be larger in your brain," he said.  "You try to fight it off as much as you can, but it just grows."

The Hagewoods don't know much about the donor except that the heart came from out of town and belonged to a child less than a year old.

Andrew's mother, Christy said their hearts go out to the family who lost a life in order to save their son's.

She said, "Just so they'll know, we've been contacted by all these people praying for us. They also include that family in their prayers just so they'll be lifted up."

After spending 50 days hooked up to an ECMO bypass machine, a record at Vanderbilt, Andrew is breathing on his own Friday with a brand new heart.

"We're both really excited we're going to get to hold him," Christy Hagewood exclaimed.

Doctors say Andrew will be able to go home in 10 to 14 days and should lead a normal, healthy childhood.

A special account has been set up at Regions Bank to help the family cope with medical expenses.

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