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3-year-old boy receives heart transplant

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – It took six months for a match to be found for a 3-year-old boy, but Wednesday morning he had a heart transplant.

Dylan Gillespie received a heart transplant Wednesday morning. Gillespie's grandmother says he is out of surgery and his new heart is beating on its own.

At 10 p.m. Tuesday, the Gillespie family got the call to report to MUSC for the transplant., but after hurrying, they had to wait again because the donor heart was snowed in up in Washington, D.C.

Twelve hours after arriving at the hospital, Gillespie's heart made it to the Lowcountry after a long journey.

For the next few hours, doctors are making sure everything is correctly connected and the bleeding is subsiding. Doctors say the first 24 hours are tricky, because there is a chance Gillespie's body will reject the heart.

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