|Baby Charlie. Metro photo|
The baby, born on October 2 weighing 2.8kg, is recovering well following the procedure at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
His parents Tracie Wright, 30, and Steven Douthwaite, 32, of Fenham, Newcastle, said: “We just wanted to let you all know that Charlie received his heart and has had his transplant.
“It hasn’t quite sunk in that out there somewhere an amazing family gave us that amazing priceless most precious gift that could ever be given, in their darkest time they still thought of someone else.
“They’re such special people. Thank you just doesn’t seem like a big enough word to say to them.
“They gave our baby boy a second chance at life and for that we’ll be forever thankful and eternally grateful.”
Charlie, whose heart problem was detected during Tracie’s 20-week scan, had been the smallest baby in the EU waiting for a heart.
He had hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition where the left side of the organ is underdeveloped and cannot work properly.
His aorta was also narrow and had a hole in it while there was another hole between two of the chambers of the heart.
Charlie’s parents added: “We can’t describe what Charlie means to us; he’s the most special and precious baby boy.
“Having a heart transplant is a massive operation for such a small baby and we just need him to recover well.
“He’s done well so far; we couldn’t be any more proud of him. He’s a real life hero, our little warrior.”
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