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Baby heart recipient Andrew Hagewood turns 2

Andrew Hagewood celebrated his second birthday Thursday. Andrew Hagewood celebrated his second birthday Thursday.

Baby heart recipient Andrew Hagewood celebrated his second birthday on Thursday.

Andrew was born February 6, 2012 with an enlarged heart.

Since his birth, he has spent a great portion of his life at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital following a heart transplant when he was just six-weeks-old.

Now, at age two, Andrew has been home from the hospital for months and is blowing kisses, saying a few words, putting weight on his legs and standing for short periods of time.

"Everything has just been fantastic. He continues to grow and continues to get healthier, continues to show more emotion and continues to just blossom just like a rose," father Keith Hagewood said.

Currently Andrew only receives a little oxygen at night and takes two anti-rejection drugs that he will take for the rest of his life.

"What we see in him is there is hope. The doctors and nurses at Vanderbilt kept telling us to have hope. We couldn't see it because he was so sick, but they instilled it in us that one day he will get better," Hagewood said.

Hagewood added his son has also taught their family an important lesson about life.

"It has really instilled in us a closer bond as a family between my wife and myself, relying on each other for strength and comfort, but also our children who see that sometimes in life you have to go through bad things but on the end of it good things can come from it," he explained.

Doctors say Andrew's prognosis is good and he should live a normal life.

His parents have become advocates for organ donation. Click here for more information on how to become an organ donor.

While they still don't know where Andrew's heart came from, they would like to someday meet the family.

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week begins February 7 and runs through the 14th.

Previous Stories:

  • June 7, 2013: Baby Andrew released from hospital following 2 week stay
  • March 23, 2013: First Annual 'Heart Ride' for baby Andrew held today
  • March 22, 2013: Motorcycle ride benefits baby born with enlarged heart
  • Feb. 6, 2013: Heart recipient celebrates 1st birthday in hospital
  • Jan. 2, 2013: Baby Andrew released from hospital after month stay
  • Nov. 21, 2012: Baby Andrew released from hospital in time for Thanksgiving
  • Nov. 20, 2012: Family hopes infant heart recipient will be home for holidays
  • Oct. 22, 2012: Baby Andrew readmitted to hospital
  • Oct. 16, 2012: Infant heart recipient released from hospital
  • August 27, 2012: Robertson County Fair booth to benefit baby Andrew
  • August 15, 2012: Infant heart transplant recipient moved from ICU
  • August 9, 2012: Infant heart transplant recipient shows signs of improvement
  • July 12, 2012: Shirt sales benefit baby heart transplant recipient
  • May 19, 2012: Donations continue for infant born with enlarged heart
  • May 14, 2012: Fundraiser planned to help infant with donated heart
  • March 29, 2012: Infant undergoes surgery, receives new heart
  • March 27, 2012: Mid-State couple remains hopeful infant son will receive new heart
  • Feb. 29, 2012: Newborn with enlarged heart in need of transplant
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