WLOX - News for South Mississippi | Rebecca Powers
The first thing April Beaver and Chuck Shelton did was embrace, then both pulled out their stethoscopes. There was not a dry eye around as she said "That's Caleb" as she listened and sobbed.
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -A grief stricken mother got to hear her son's heart beat again. It's something she's prayed for since he died eight months ago.
Her son, 16-year-old Caleb Beaver of Saucier died on Christmas day 2011. But the gift he gave to a very sick man brought two families, thousands of miles apart, together this week.
Caleb Beaver was a big brother and beloved son, a great musician and Harrison Central soccer player who wanted to be a doctor one day. But the 16-year-old died suddenly Christmas day after two strokes from a malformation in his circulatory system that he was probably born with.
One night, his devastated mother prayed for a sign to feel close to him again.
His mother, April Beaver, said, "I was talking to God and crying out and I asked God to let me have a dream or something. I wanted to feel close to Caleb's heart. I wanted to hear his heart beat."
The next day her prayers were answered, with a letter from the Kentucky man who wanted to come to Gulfport to say 'thank you' in person. You see, he received Caleb's heart through the selfless act of organ donation.
As Chuck Shelton, his wife, Amy, and two teenage sons approached them at Gulfport Biloxi International Airport, April Beaver said, "Is it real? Yes, it's real."
The first thing they did was embrace and then both pulled out their stethoscopes. There was not a dry eye around as she said "That's Caleb" as she listened and sobbed Shelton said "yes that's Caleb, it's very strong."
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