To Hear Her Son's Heart Beating Once More

US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT | Mike Labella

On Saturday, for the first time since losing her son Travis, Heidi Damiano was close to him once more when she met the man whose life her son saved through organ donation.

HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) — In a living room filled with family members, the only audible sound was Travis Yell's heart beating.

"Just to be able to hear his heart again means a lot to me," Heidi Damiano told the 60-year-old New Hampshire man who received the gift of life after her son died in a tragic accident almost three years ago.

For Damiano, Mother's Day weekend was a special one.

On Saturday, for the first time since losing Travis, she was close to him once more when she met the man whose life her son saved through organ donation. Travis' heart beats inside the man's chest.

"It was a gift like no other," she said.

"I'm not only lucky that I received a heart but that I received a great heart," the man told Damiano and her family.

Damiano explained to the man, his wife and his stepdaughter after they arrived at her aunt's home on Greenville Street, across from her own home, that her very last holiday with her son was Mother's Day 2014. Continue reading
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