Shirt sales benefit baby heart transplant recipient - WKRN News 2

Shirt sales benefit baby heart transplant recipient

Posted: Updated: July 12, 2012 06:16 PM
Andrew received a heart transplant in late March. Andrew received a heart transplant in late March.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Middle Tennessee community continues to rally around a little boy who was born with an enlarged heart.

Andrew Hagewood came into the world with the rare condition February 6 and underwent a life-saving heart transplant in late March.

While the now five-month-old remains hospitalized due to other health problems, several local businesses in White House are selling t-shirts to help the family with medical expenses.

White House resident Karen Semich designed the t-shirts though she did not know the Hagewood family at all.

"Something was pushing me that connects me to Andrew," Semich told Nashville's News 2.

Walgreen's, BP, Exit Realty and several local businesses also got involved by distributing the shirts from their stores in exchange for a donation.

So far, more than 4,000 shirts that read "Have a heart for Andrew, Save a Life" have been distributed world-wide.

"What seemed like a little fundraising turned into huge fundraising, global fundraising," said Semich.

The shirts are being printed at no cost to the family.

Andrew's grandmother, Linda Hagewood, responds to emails, sorts the shirts and drops them in the mail.

"It's one of those things where your heart spills over with gratitude because everybody has been so kind," she said.

Hagewood told Nashville's News 2 her young grandson continues to improve.  

This week, doctors removed his chest tubes and his mother was able to hold him.

Family friends have set up a Facebook page where updates about Andrew are posted.

Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 1031, White House, Tennessee 37188.

Out of town shirt orders can be placed by emailing Fundraising4Andrew@comcast.net

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