Fundraiser planned to help infant with donated heart - WKRN News 2

Fundraiser planned to help infant with donated heart

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Friends of a White House family are hoping to bring awareness to organ donation after the couple's infant son underwent a heart transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Andrew Hagewood was born in February with an enlarged heart.  He underwent a transplant in late March but his body began rejecting the new organ in the days and weeks that followed.

Currently, three-month-old Andrew has a blood clot in his shoulder which produces fluid that comes out of drainage tubes on his side.

"Those are definitely shallow times," Andrew's dad, Keith Hagewood told Nashville's News 2.  "It has definitely been a roller coaster ride from not knowing day to day whether he was going to survive."

In an effort to support the Hagewood family, friends have printed t-shirts and onesies that say "Have a heart for Andrew" to raise awareness about organ donation.

"As the slogan goes, heaven doesn't need your organs but people do," Hagewood said.

The apparel is available for a $10 donation per shirt to help the parents, who have three other children and are still working in between taking turns with Andrew at the hospital.

"It does make it tough to meet around the dinner table like we used to do. It's not the same life, that's for certain," Hagewood said.

Music City Screen Printers donated the screens, ink and labor for the shirts and onesies.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Hagewood family.

A booth will be set up Saturday at The Strawberry Festival in Portland where shirts, bracelets, lemonade and other items will be sold in support of the family.

For more information, email fundraising4andrew@comcast.net.

Click here to send a message of encouragement to the Hagewood family via Facebook.

For more information on organ donation, visit DonateLife.net.

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