Parents hear daughter’s heart beat in chest of transplant survivor

THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION | JACKSONVILLE | Amanda Williamson
Lee Moore (left) hears his daughter Haley's heart beat
For 10 years, Campbell has carried a very special gift, a gift given shortly after doctors in Virginia told her she wasn’t going to live much longer. For every extra day she lives, to spend time with her three children, to don her track shoes and run, she thanks the Moore family of Jacksonville.

They gave her a heart.

Vickie and Lee Moore, through organ donation, enabled Campbell to receive the heart of their 17-year-old daughter, Haley, who died in a 2007 car accident.

As they gathered Tuesday at UF Health Jacksonville for the Tree of Life ceremony, which honors organ donors and recipients, the Moores listened to that all-too-familiar heartbeat once more.

“It’s perfect,” said Jessica Moore, Haley’s twin sister, as her hands covered her face. “Oh, it’s so strong.”

“Yeah, she is,” Lee Moore said, dabbing his tears with a Kleenex.

“You exercise every day,” Jessica Moore added. “Her heart can take it.” Continue reading

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