|Debbie with her daughter Jade, who died aged seven|
Debbie Stoner put her ear to the girl’s chest and listened to the comforting rhythm of a heart beating. For the first time in 10 years, she was hearing the heartbeat of her daughter Jade, who was killed in a car crash aged seven.
When Debbie, 45, made the brave decision to donate Jade’s organs, she hoped it would save another young life. But she never imagined she’d get the chance to hear her dead daughter’s heart again – beating inside the chest of another child.
She says: “When I listened, I thought about Jade and how much I miss her. The first time I’d heard Jade’s heart beating was when I was pregnant with her at my ultrasound scan and it sounded just as strong.
“It’s really hard to explain my feelings. I knew her heart was no longer Jade’s because she’s no longer here but it was a part of her. It gave me goosebumps. I was crying but they weren’t tears of sadness. Although I lost the most precious thing in my life she is continuing to live on, in a way.” Continue reading
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