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Baby born with half a heart smiles for the first time following transplant
Charlie Douthwaite smiles for the first time after receiving his new heart (Picture: ncjMedia)

This is the incredible moment a baby who was born with half a heart smiled for the first time.

Charlie Douthwaite is 13-weeks-old and is currently recovering from a lifesaving heart transplant operation he underwent before Christmas.

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Proud mum Tracie Wright says Charlie is making slow but steady progress since the operation at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital in November.

The 30-year-old mum said: ‘It was amazing to see that smile.’

Charlie was born on October 2, weighing 6lbs 5oz, and was the smallest baby in Europe waiting for a heart.

Baby born with half a heart smiles for the first time following transplant
Tracie Wright with her miracle baby Charlie (Picture: ncjMedia)

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.

Tracie added: ‘We can’t describe what Charlie means to us he is the most special and precious baby boy.’

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