Infant heart transplant recipient moved from ICU - WKRN News 2

Infant heart transplant recipient moved from ICU

Posted: Updated: Aug 15, 2012 04:38 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Andrew Hagewood has spent the last six months in the same hospital room in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital after being born with a rare, enlarged heart on February 6.

Without a transplant, doctors said he would not survive.

The family prayed for a miracle and a several weeks later got word there was a donor for baby Andrew.

The infant underwent a life-saving heart transplant in late March.

Since then, he's had good days and bad days but his family says Andrew is finally well enough to be moved to a new room.

"We are excited that he is well enough for this to occur," his mother, Christy Hagewood, posted on Facebook.

"When you think of where he has been and how low the valley has been, we're at the high point and hopefully we'll only continue to get higher," Keith Hagewood, Andrew's father, told Nashville's News 2.

The six-month-old is finally free of any tubes and support devices and is breathing on his own.

Nurses will now teach Andrew to learn to take a bottle, something he has only tried once before.

The White House community where the family lives has shown non-stop support for the Hagewoods.

Supporters have sold thousands of t-shirts to raise money to help cover the family's medical expenses.

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

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