Category: Donor mom

Heart donor’s mom and transplant recipient meet for first time

Published on July 14, 2019

A wonderful moment happened Friday at St. Thomas Hospital.

A mother, her daughters’ donated heart and the grateful woman who received that heart all came together.

The moment was 18 months in the making. Joni Layner received the heart of Nancy McLellan’s daughter, Tiffani.

“I am so honored to meet you, it’s such a pleasure to meet and know you’ve got my angels heart in you,” Layner said.

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Teen’s death gives transplant miracle to Florida family

By Lloyd Sowers, FOX 13 News

It was Amanda’s sister, Jessica, who first contacted Garrett on social media. Both families decided to meet and talk about the heart they now share.

Amanda’s dad said he keeps his connection to his daughter through Garrett. They’ve gone to sporting events, concerts, and a helicopter ride.

“We met that first day and this beautiful young man brought a stethoscope so that I could listen to his heart,” Amanda’s mom said.

Garrett’s mom took a picture showing Laurie, with her eyes closed, listening to Amanda’s heart through Garrett.

“You could just feel the love. The love of her child,” Susan said. “I could not have picked a better recipient than you.”

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