See The Possible: 4-year-old boy gets new heart

9:36 AM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- For more than a year, we've been following the incredible story of Charlie McMicken,  a 4-year-old boy who needed a heart transplant.

Thanks to the incredible team at Cleveland Clinic, who saw the possible, Charlie has been given a new chance to "see the possible."

Charlie was born with cardiomyopothy -- a disease that affects the heart muscle.

When he was 3, Charlie's health rapidly declined and he moved into the Cleveland Clinic.

There a team of doctors, nurses, and staff became his extended family and a device called the Berlin Heart became his constant companion.

This device comes in two parts -- one inside Charlie, connected to a pump on the outside. It helped keep him healthy until a transplant finally became available.

And because heart transplants can't be scheduled, multiple medical teams immediately jumped into action.

That was 8 months ago.

Today, Charlie has a new heart and a new lease on life. He's now back home with his mom, dad, and brothers.

Charlie has also won the "Courage" Award, and will be presented the honor at this year's Heartthrob Ball in Cleveland.

This months-long journey certainly has not been easy for Charlie, or for his family but thanks to their strength and a truly masterful medical team, the best is yet to come.



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