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Sunday, August 7, 2016


ABC 7 Los Angeles | Joe Torres


 SWISSVALE, Pennsylvania -- Jeni Stepien waited 10 years for this day. On the eve of her wedding day, she met, for the first time, the man who now lives with her father's heart.

It was a meeting filled with emotion for her and her entire family.

Jeni Stepien's father, Michael Stepien, was murdered back in 2006. He donated his organs, including the heart Arthur Thomas had been waiting 16 years for.

On Friday, she felt her father's heart beat for the first time in 10 years.

"I am so excited. It's like the whole family is here now. It's like everybody's here," Jeni Stepien said.

Thomas and his wife traveled to Pittsburgh from New Jersey to be there for Jeni Stepien's big day. Everyone gathered at St. Anslem Church in Swissvale, where the ceremony was expected to take place.

"We've been talking to him and writing letters and calling, and receiving flowers and sending gifts for the past 10 years. And now it's finally here," said Jeni Stepien said excitedly. Continue reading
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