Mom hears late son's heartbeat in organ recipient on Mother's Day

WOWT |  Collin Ruane
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- It was a touching embrace on Mother’s Day that two strangers have waited three years for. Anna Hutt finally met the man who now has her son's heart beating inside of him.

"He had a zest for life. He lived life to the fullest. He was sometimes pretty ornery,” said Hutt.

Hutt's son, Payton, died in a dirt biking accident in Iowa in 2014. It's that timing that saved Gary Flint's life.

"I was here. They didn't think they would find a heart in time for me, and then,” Flint said.

Dr. Ronald Zolty, a cardiologist with Nebraska Medicine, said Flint was suffering from a heart condition that meant his days were numbered.

"I would say without a heart transplant, he wouldn't have lived another two, three months,” Dr. Zolty told WOWT 6 News.

Those three months, turned into three years and counting thanks to the donation of a stranger. A teddy bear with a recording of that heartbeat now serves as a reminder of its new life. Continue reading

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