Big sister Maria carried Andrew out to the family's van on Wednesday afternoon.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A young heart transplant patient left the hospital on Wednesday just in time to be home for his first Thanksgiving.
Andrew Hagewood was born on February 6 with an enlarged heart.
Since his birth, he has spent most of his life at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville after receiving a heart transplant in March.
Andrew was discharged from the hospital in mid-October, but was readmitted less than a week later due to complications.
The day before Thanksgiving, doctors told Andrew's dad his son was well enough to go home.
"It was just exciting when they walked in the room and said take him home," Keith Hagewood said, adding, "We would have done what we had to do if we were still going to be in the hospital but we're just so thankful to God that we're going to be home."
Big sister Maria added, "It's a great blessing for us to have my best friend home."
The Hagewood family said they are also thankful to the family that decided to donate their baby's heart and saved Andrew's life.