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Baby Andrew finally home after year-long hospital stay

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MILLERSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Middle Tennessee baby whose story of survival and perseverance has inspired thousands is finally home with his family after spending almost his entire young life at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

Andrew Hagewood was born with a rare heart condition, and details of his journey have drawn support and prayers from around the world on Facebook.

Now, instead of being surrounded by equipment in the ICU, baby Andrew is in his own living room, enjoying a life very similar to your average toddler.

"Last night was the first night we were able to all be here together," said father Keith Hagewood. "Andrew was sitting in his high chair, and there were so many days when I never thought we were going to get to that point - that it looked too much of a mountain to overcome."

If not for the ever-present medicine drip, Andrew is no longer attached to machines designed to keep him alive.

"Andrew is doing wonderfully. As you can see, the one thing he's not wearing is his oxygen," Keith Hagewood said.

The Hagewoods said they owe it all to the kindness of strangers, who, during one of the darkest moments of their life, gave Andrew their baby's heart.

"We see that someone had to make the hard choice and make an organ donation, and this is the result of them making that choice," Keith Hagewood said.

The Hagewoods hope Andrew's story can inspire others and serve as a reminder that all things are possible.

"You've just got to put one foot in front of the other every day," Keith Hagewood said.

Organizers are expecting a big turnout at a benefit motorcycle ride in Andrew's honor Saturday. Riders will meet at the Millersville Church of Christ on Louisville Highway at 11 a.m.

Entries are $20 to ride or $10 if you just want a T-shirt.

The ride ends at Buffalo Wild Wings, where proceeds will also be donated.

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