Every day a miracle: Heart recipient and donor family meet

Christine Schulenburg (right) listens to the heart that once belonged to her son, Benjamin. It's now a part of Stephanie Larson, a registered nurse at Tri-County Health Care. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal
Arthur and Christine Schulenburg recall their son, Benjamin, as very active, fit and a bit of a risk taker.

One day he was with his mother preparing his deck on his new home so that he could welcome over friends to celebrate. But the next day, Sept. 13, 2012, celebrating ended abruptly when Benjamin crashed his motorcycle into another vehicle and suffered fatal injuries to his head.

At 24 years old, Ben's parents say he felt he had his whole life ahead of him. Becoming an organ donor was not on his radar. But when the decision had to be made, Christine said she and her husband were fully in support of making sure Ben's organs went to help others.

In all, seven people received life-saving or life-improving donations from Ben. One of those is Stephanie Larson, a registered nurse at Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) in Wadena.

Larson recalls living a life with no heart troubles until one night she was out with friends—luckily one being a registered nurse. Continue reading

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