Mom hears son's donated heart beating

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Don’t think of organ donations as giving up part of yourself to keep a total stranger alive. It’s really a total stranger giving up almost all of themselves to keep part of you alive.

If you’ve been listening to me on Life 101.9 for any stretch of time, you know that organ donation is important to me because of my battles with a heart disease I was born with.  A few years back, doctors saved my life with surgery and bought me somefrom having my name added to the transplant list.

That’s why I was moved when I read about four-year-old Jordan.   She’s full of energy and bounces off the walls like any child her age.  And that’s a shock, given that it’s only been two years since she had a heart transplant.

But in order for Jordan to receive the new heart that she desperately needed, another child had to die.  That child was 7-month-old Lukas.

Through a set of circumstances, the two families have met, and Lukas’s mom had a chance to listen to her baby’s heart.  Only this time, it was from within four-year-old Jordan.

As you would expect, Lukas’s mom couldn’t hide her emotions.  And neither could I, after watching this video.

To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor in the State of Iowa, please contact the Iowa Donor Network.

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