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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Louisiana, Alabama families meet after heart transplant

Times Daily | Meagan Hurley

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Emotions, adrenaline and uneasiness abounded as Jonathan and Holley Perry traveled from Monroe, Louisiana, to east Alabama to meet Tucker, Amanda and Davis Boswell for the first time.

"It was like going on a first date," Jonathan Perry laughed. "If you really think about what we were going to do, you still can't even really fathom that."

The Perrys lost their 6-month-old son John Clarke to abnormal vessel malformation on Nov. 30, 2015. They made the decision to donate their child's organs and, on the same day John Clarke took his last breath, his heart saved the life of the Boswells' 5-month-old son, Davis, who had spent 115 days awaiting transplant.

Once they saw each other in person for the first time Tuesday evening, the families said all nervousness subsided.

"It was a good first date. There were no awkward moments," Tucker Boswell smiled.

"I think it's just another testament about what God has done through this. How He's orchestrated this story all along, and then how we would just meet and it would be so easy. We really felt like we had known them for a long time and that we were just going to dinner with friends like we would do here. That's not on accident. God planned it that way," said Amanda Boswell.

The families met at the East Alabama Medical Center Chapel before sharing their story at a ceremony hosted by the hospital Wednesday aimed at inspiring community members to become organ donors. Continue reading 
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