A British baby with a half heart received perhaps the best Christmas gift: a second chance in life.
Before eight-week-old Charlie Douthwaite was born, he was diagnosed with a hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare condition that causes the left side of the organ not to fully develop. Her heart problem was identified during her mother's routine checkup when she was 20 weeks pregnant, according to a publication on Facebook of the British Heart Foundation. It took him to undergo open-heart surgery at three days old, reports the BBC.
He seemed to recover well from the procedure, but days later he had a cardiac arrest on two separate occasions. After the second health scare and a total of 11 operations, the doctors decided that I needed a new heart. At five weeks of age, Douthwaite became the youngest donor on the UK transplant waiting list, which currently has an additional 6,500 people. Unlike others who have to wait months or years to receive a new heart, Douthwaite was paired with a donor in a matter of weeks.
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"He has not realized that somewhere an amazing family gave us that incredible and invaluable gift more precious than ever could give themselves, in their darkest moment they still thought of someone else, "their parents wrote in a Facebook post. 
Douthwaite is recovering from his nine-hour transplant surgery at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and is expected to return home in 2018, reports the BBC.
"He has done well" until now we could not be more proud of him, he is a real-life hero, our little warrior ", wrote his parents.
Not all those born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome They undergo a transplant Only those who have a complex defect or a weakened heart due to surgery will require a transplant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Douthwaite, like all other babies who receive a heart transplant, must stay on medication throughout their lives to prevent complications, such as their body attacking and rejecting the new organ, explains the CDC.
In addition to the rare condition, Charlie also suffered ] of a narrow aorta, which is the main artery that carries blood through the body, as well as a hole in the wall that separates the chambers of the heart.
It is "extremely af "He said that the condition and size of the patient were considered", said Dr. Zdenka Reinhardt, a cardiologist at Freeman Hospital, told the BBC.