Category: Heart Transplant

Family listens to deceased son’s heart 11 years after transplant

After years of letters and Facebook messages, the two women exchanged emotional hugs, and then Boenitz offered Boylen the chance to listen to her deceased son’s heart beating inside of her chest.

“Do you want to hear his heart,” she said. “It’s probably going a million miles an hour.”

Boylen listened first, followed by Matthew’s 12-year-old daughter, his two sisters, his longtime girlfriend and his nieces and nephews, IndyStar.com reported.

“He would have wanted his heart to go to someone who loved their family, who made a difference in the world,” Jamie Harriman, Matthew’s sister, told IndyStar.com. “That’s why we’ve been able to come to terms. We’re all organ donors now.

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Hall of Famer Rod Carew’s new heart came from ex-Ravens tight end

Carew was released from the hospital in February, and the Reulands, having found out the unlikely recipients of Konrad’s donations, invited him and his family to their home last month. When Reuland’s mother, Mary, saw Carew, she hugged him and said: “You’re part of our family now.”

“Forever,” Carew said. “I will take care of this one because I’ve been given a second chance, and God knows how I feel and what I’m going to do for him.”

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