The Emotional Moment a Mother Hears Late Son's Heartbeat in Organ Recipient

ABC News | Gillian Mahoney

A North Dakota woman was able to hear her late son's heart beat again after meeting with the man who received her son's heart in an organ donation.

Lisa Swanson met Terry Hooper, 64, more than three years after Hooper received the heart from Swanson's late son Levi Schulz. Swanson met with Hooper to mark the start of National Donate Life Month and to bring awareness to organ donation. She said she wasn't sure how she was going to handle meeting Hooper at first.

"You’re nervous about meeting the guy that has your son’s heart," she recalled. "Am I going to cry? How am I going to feel?"

But in their first meeting, Swanson quickly jumped in to give Hooper a big hug.

"You can't cry or we won't get through this," she said in video of their meeting.

Hooper, who wore a shirt with Levi's picture on it, told Swanson, "He's my hero."

"Everyday I think of him," he said. Video, continue reading
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