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Williamston boy lives full life with only half a heart

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Christopher Browning (courtesy Browning family) Christopher Browning (courtesy Browning family)
Christopher Browning (L) walks with a classmate. (Aug. 26, 2014/FOX Carolina) Christopher Browning (L) walks with a classmate. (Aug. 26, 2014/FOX Carolina)
WILLIAMSTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Christopher Browning turned 10 years old on Tuesday and is living life to the fullest despite being born without half of his heart.

Iris Browning said her son has had three heart surgeries so far.

"Hypoplastic left heart," Browning called the condition. "Its where the left side of his heart didn't develop."

The latest surgery has led to complications.

"He is not able to keep protein in his body, and he can't grow," Browning said.

Christopher, who is now in the third grade, doesn't let the condition slow him down, said teacher Jane Tucker.

"He has a huge heart, but he's wearing it out and he needs a new one," Tucker said.

Christopher may soon get the new heart he needs. The 10-year-old is near the top of a transplant waiting list at MUSC in Charleston.

Browning said she's been told the call that her son's new heart is ready could literally come any minute.

"They said once we get the call we have thirty minutes to be on the road headed to Charleston," Browning said.

The Browning family would have to move to Charleston for several months when the call does come.

To help the family with the costs of relocating, there will be a community yard sale and hot dog sale on Sept. 6, at 218 Stoneybrook Rd. in Pelzer. The sale will start at dawn. A trust fund has also been setup at Suntrust bank, and donations can be made in care of the Browning family.

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