Infant heart transplant recipient shows signs of improvement - WKRN News 2

Infant heart transplant recipient shows signs of improvement

Posted: Updated: Aug 9, 2012 04:59 PM
Baby Andrew underwent a heart transplant in late March. Baby Andrew underwent a heart transplant in late March.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

After spending the first six months of his life at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, heart transplant recipient Andrew Hagewood is showing signs of improvement.

"As of today, he has no drains in him. He has no chest tubes. He only has the vapor-therm, which is around his head, which means he is getting minimal support," said father Keith Hagewood.

Baby Andrew was born on February 6 with a rare heart condition. In late March he underwent a life-saving transplant.

"It has been a long journey from finding out he needed a heart to transplant to other complications," Keith recalled.

Keith told Nashville's News 2 with all of his son's tubes removed; he is now able to hold Andrew whenever he wants.  

"Last night, I held him straight up on my shoulder for the first time in his life which is,  the words can't even come to mind how excited that I was last night," he said.

The father of four also said seeing his infant son alert and acting more playful has given the entire family hope.

"It looks like he is going to get out of the hospital," Keith said. "You have your doubts each day about whether it is going to be possible with all the problems that he has incurred."

He continued, "Now we will finally be able to hear his [Andrew's] voice, which we have not heard in about four months. We will be able to experience all those things we take for granted."

If Andrew continues to show improvements, the family hopes he will be able to go home for the first time in upcoming months.

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

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