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‘Amazing’: Indiana mom hears late daughter’s transplanted heart

CHICAGO (AP) — An Indiana girl heard the heartbeat of her late daughter contained in the chest of a 68-year-old Illinois man who obtained it in a transplant operation.

Amber Morgan and Tom Johnson met for the primary time Saturday, 4 years after he obtained a heart transplanted from the physique of Andreona Williams, who was 20 when she died from bronchial asthma problems.

The Indiana Donor Network organized the uncommon meeting at a Chicago resort, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Morgan listened by way of a stethoscope that was pressed to Johnson’s chest.

“It’s almost like I got to hug my daughter again,” the South Bend, Indiana, girl stated.

“As a mother, you listen to your child’s heartbeat when you carry them, and I don’t think you ever ask to hear it again,” Morgan stated. “It’s amazing.”

Johnson of Kankakee, Illinois, stated he despatched a letter to Morgan in 2019, a year after the transplant at Loyola University Medical Center in suburban Chicago. He needed to precise his gratitude for the household’s resolution to donate the heart.

He despatched a second letter, too, however didn’t get a response till just lately when Morgan stated she want to meet, particularly after her personal heart issues.

Johnson had handled a weak heart since childhood. Doctors tried a pacemaker and defibrillator earlier than telling him {that a} transplant was the most effective answer.

“It opened up a whole new world of possibilities,” Johnson stated. “It’s just unbelievable. I mean, I can work out in the garden, ride the bike. My sons can’t believe how quick I can go.”

Johnson’s spouse, Sharon, stated Williams’ heart is particular.

“He takes very special care of her,” she stated. “He never misses his heart medication. Never.”

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