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Tuesday, April 5, 2016


ABC 13
 OMAHA, NE (KTRK) --  A mother has had a chance to hear her late son's heart beat inside a Nebraska transplant recipient.

Lisa Swanson cried as she heard the ultrasound of Terry Hooper's heart at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on Friday.

Swanson met Terry Hooper, 64, more than three years after Hooper received the heart from Swanson's late son Levi Schulz. Swanson met with Hooper to mark the start of National Donate Life Month and to bring awareness to organ donation. She said she wasn't sure how she was going to handle meeting Hooper at first.

"You're nervous about meeting the guy that has your son's heart," she recalled. "Am I going to cry? How am I going to feel?"

But in their first meeting, Swanson quickly jumped in to give Hooper a big hug.

"You can't cry or we won't get through this," she said in video of their meeting.

Hooper, who wore a shirt with Levi's picture on it, told Swanson, "He's my hero."

"Everyday I think of him," he said.

Swanson told ABC News that meeting with Hooper and hearing her son's heart beat in his chest was "surreal." Continue reading
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