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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Family of slain Macon man fosters friendship with heart recipient

The Dispatch | Isabel Altman
Carol Haywood holds pictures of her late son, Kris, and her family posing with the Byram woman who received Kristaopher's heart. Photo by: Mark Wilson/Dispatch Staff

A brutal tragedy in Macon has resulted in a second chance at life for a woman in Byram.

Just over a year ago, Moseziner "Moe" Crozier could not do simple things like have a long conversation, go grocery shopping or walk across a room.

The Byram resident had suffered from advanced heart failure for more than eight years. She was on the list for a heart transplant but because of a rare blood type, the chances that she would receive one were slim.

In the middle of February 2015, she was confined to a bed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. A month later, she lost her appetite. In an effort to get the 51-year-old eating, doctors took her off a restricted diet.

On March 5, Crozier requested a Chick-Fil-A breakfast. When a nurse returned with it, Crozier's doctor interrupted and told her she could not eat it.

"I was like, 'You told me I could have anything I want!'" Crozier remembered. "And then he said, 'We got you a heart.'"

A tragedy in Macon

The heart had belonged to Kristopher Haywood, 28, of Macon. Born in Starkville and raised in Macon, Kris, as his friends called him, rambled a bit after college, but he eventually moved back to Macon, got a job at a gas station and made plans to go back to school.

He felt he had found his calling -- to be a social worker. 
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