Girlfriend hears boyfriend's heart - now beating in doctor's chest

ABC NEWS | Blair Shiff
Jessica Wallach, Mathieu Bergeron's girlfriend, listens to Bergeron's heart beat in Dr. Murray Alsip's chest.
One man's heart has bonded two California families together forever.

Mathieu Bergeron, 20, died suddenly in May 2017 when he fell while riding his over-sized skateboard - known as a longboard - and fatally hit his head.

But out of that tragedy a miracle emerged - because Bergeron was an organ donor, and a fellow Californian named Dr. Murray Alsip desperately needed a new heart.

"Almost overnight, I got what appeared to be a cold," Dr. Alsip told ABC affiliate KGTV.

But that "cold" turned out to be a heart condition that made it difficult for Dr. Alsip to walk and, sometimes, breathe.

The former lifeguard and polo player realized he needed a heart transplant and fast. He described feeling like he had "one foot in the grave" before Bergeron's death became his hope.

"When I was diagnosed a million years ago, I knew the day would come," Dr. Alsip told KGTV. "But when the day comes, it's just such a transformation that you can't express in words." Continue reading