A baby's second birthday is an exciting time for any parent, but for one Middle Tennessee family, it is a tremendous achievement.
Andrew Hagewood needed a heart transplant from the moment he was born, and he has spent far too much of his young life in Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.
But, now, it's time to take a break from that to celebrate turning 2.
When it comes to energy and mobility, it's like Andrew is making up for lost time.
"He's doing tremendous. He's out of the hospital now for eight months, and every day he's stronger and continues to do more things and be more active," said father Keith Hagewood.
Born with a heart double the normal size, Andrew would need a heart transplant to survive. After a wait, it happened.
He now takes anti-transplant rejection medications, and doctors expect he will live a normal life.
"He has to not be around anyone sick, because he'll catch a cold and it could go bad quick. But it's not like he was in the hospital," Keith Hagewood said.
All of this shows the importance of organ donation.
"Andrew would not be alive if someone didn't make the choice for organ donation," Keith Hagewood said.
For much of his early life, little Andrew wore his parents out worrying about his condition. These days, he can still wear them out, but that's only because of his incredible energy.
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