Following the surgery, Charlie's heart was left open and he is being kept sedated to ensure he is comfortable

Parents plea for new heart for Newcastle baby Charlie

The parents of the smallest baby in the EU waiting for a new heart is urging people to become organ donors as their five-week-old son is sedated on life support following surgery.

Born with half a heart, Charlie Douthwaite had open heart surgery when he was just three days old after being born weighing just 6lbs 5oz at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

His family are now urging others to sign the organ donation register to help people like Charlie, who also suffered cardiac arrest aged just seven days old.

Following the surgery, Charlie's heart was left open and he is being kept sedated to ensure he is comfortable

Following the surgery, Charlie’s heart was left open and he is being kept sedated to ensure he is comfortable

Mother Tracie Wright’s Facebook appeal has gone viral after being shared by more than 43,000 people.

In the post she urges anyone who sadly loses their baby to think about donating their organs.

‘It’s such an amazing gift to be able to offer someone,’ she writes.

‘And I’d like to think it would offer someone great comfort knowing their beautiful baby never dies and lives on and helped in a way that can’t ever be described.

After undergoing surgery at three days old, Charlie went into cardiac arrest and survived

After undergoing surgery at three days old, Charlie went into cardiac arrest and survived

‘I want to try and get this message as far and wide as I possibly can (especially the EU) in order to try and help my baby.

‘I can’t describe what Charlie means to us all he’s so precious so beautiful and so brave and deserves a chance at life.’

She asked for the post to be shared across Europe in the hope that somebody will see it who can ‘donate the most precious gift’.

Tracie Wright said she was in 'total desperation' when she took to Facebook urging people to sign the organ donation register

Tracie Wright said she was in ‘total desperation’ when she took to Facebook urging people to sign the organ donation register

Charlie’s heart problem was first diagnosed during Tracie’s pregnancy at her 20 week scan.

Doctors realised her new baby had hypoplastic left heart syndrome condition – which means the left side of the organ is underdeveloped and cannot work properly.

He also has a narrow aorta with a hole in and another hole between two of the chambers of the heart.

Charlies mother Tracie Wright has taken to Facebook urging people to become organ donors and give those in need 'the most precious gift'

Charlies mother Tracie Wright has taken to Facebook urging people to become organ donors and give those in need ‘the most precious gift’

The 30-year-old mum decided against an abortion and chose instead to fight for Charlie.

‘We considered termination because of the severity of the problems but we chose not to, we decided we would carry on and fight for him,’ she said.

‘When I was pregnant I knew he was going to have operations and I met other parents whose children had operations but nothing in the world can prepare you to see your baby in that position.’

Later the same day, Tracie and partner Steven Douthwaite saw their baby being transferred to the Freeman Hospital.

It was there at just three days old that the little fighter had open heart surgery for the first time.

Charlie Douthwaite had open heart surgery when he was just three days old and is the smallest baby in the EU waiting for a new heart

Charlie Douthwaite had open heart surgery when he was just three days old and is the smallest baby in the EU waiting for a new heart

Charlie underwent the first of a three-operation procedure to insert a shunt into his heart to help blood flow.

He seemed to recover well from the operation until he suddenly had a cardiac arrest at seven days old.

Because it took 30 minutes to revive Charlie, medics were worried he could be brain damaged but tests have been positive so far.

He was then put on a life support machine for several days but suffered a second cardiac arrest when he was taken off it.

Charlie was placed on a life support machine after his open heart surgery, but had to be placed on a ventricular assist device when he went into cardiac arrest

Charlie was placed on a life support machine after his open heart surgery, but had to be placed on a ventricular assist device when he went into cardiac arrest

After being saved again, it was decided Charlie should be put on a longer term life support machine, a ventricular assist device.

He is now hooked up to the machine until he is able to receive a new heart from a donor.

Tracie, from Fenham, said: ‘He is the smallest baby in the EU waiting for a heart.

‘The donor has to be a similar age to Charlie.

‘He needs a baby’s heart which breaks my heart because I know what another

person’s baby means to them.’

The full-time mother is at her baby’s bedside everyday along with Steven who works in maintenance at the Centre for Life.

The 32-year-old father said anyone can help save a life by simply donating blood.

He said: ‘Charlie has overcome many obstacles in his short life and no doubt he will need to overcome many more.

‘During Charlie’s surgeries he has lost a lot of blood and without people

donating blood he would not be here today.’

After his heart surgery, Charlie’s chest was left open and he is being kept sedated to make sure he is comfortable.

The family have introduced older sons, Jamie, seven, and 10-year-old Ryan to Charlie and say the pair adore their new brother.

But Tracie says she has to take each day as it comes as her baby continues his fight for life.

‘I have thought about bringing him home but it’s made me upset because I don’t know if we will ever get there.

‘I try and concentrate on today really.’

She added: ‘The surgeons, doctors, the nurses, everybody, I can’t thank them for what they have done already for Charlie.’

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