Parents Hear the Heartbeat of Their Late Daughter, Who Died 20 Years Ago

INSIDE EDITION | Johanna Li

These California parents had the chance to hear their daughter’s heartbeat once again, two decades after she died in a tragic accident.

Shirley and Daniel Mason of Orange were able to listen to the heartbeat of their late daughter after Inger Jessen, formerly of Huntington Beach, received it in an organ transplant 20 years ago.

There wasn't a dry eye in the room when the Masons held a stethoscope against Jessen’s chest, and passed around photos of Nicole “Nikki” Jessen, who was just 18 when she died in a car accident.

“Knowing that you get to meet somebody that has her heart today, that makes me feel wonderful,” Shirley told KTLA. “I can feel like I’m hugging my baby again."

Jessen, who received the transplant in her 50s, said she has wanted to thank the couple for their generous gift for a long time.

“I wanted for 20 years to meet them and tell them how strong I was, and my heart is still going very strong,” she said. Continue reading

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