Organ donor gives life years after death

WYMT | Justin Kase

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Jacob Lucas would have turned 25 on Thursday. Nearly four years after his death, Jacob is still giving back.Two days after Jacob Lucas died from a car accident, his heart gave new life.

"I've been at rock bottom and because of him, I'm here now", said Arian Sumner, a heart transplant recipient.

Ariana Sumner was diagnosed with a rare condition that causes pregnancy induced heart failure. A condition that caused her daughter to be stillborn and threatened Ariana's life.

"The doctor told me, he said, I'll give you three years without a transplant", Sumner said.

Jacob's family members celebrated his birthday Thursday by bringing gifts to his grave. Jacob's sister reflected on the man he was.

"We had a lady we had ran into", said Hannah Lucas, sister of Jacob. "She was broke down on the side of the road and my brother had stopped and changed her tire on the way to work." Continue reading

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