The tears flowed instantly between Heather Clark and Esther Gonzalez.
Through their two children, the mothers know too well the tragedy of loss- and the beauty of a second chance.
Their story started in 2013 when Heather’s 7-month-old son Lukas died suddenly.
In her moment of grief, Heather made the brave decision to donate Lukas’ organs. She remembers what she thought.
“There is another family out there, somewhere, you know who’s feeling something of what I’m feeling, somewhat, and I have the chance to make them not go through what I’m about to go through,” said Clark.
In Arizona, it’s exactly what Ester Gonzalez was going through at the time. Her 18-month old daughter Jordan was fighting for her life because of a congenital heart defect. After countless surgeries and seizures, Jordan needed a new heart to survive. And that’s exactly what she got; Lukas’ heart was a match. But, because the donation was made anonymously, the families hadn’t met. Until this past Friday.
The moms found each other online. Their bond was instant. Then came a gift.
A teddy bear that played the beat of Lukas’ donated heart. Then Heather got to listen for herself.
“She would be so selfless to be able to think of another family while she’s going through her grief,” said Gonzalez.
Two moms brought together by tragedy but now bound by triumph.
Right now, more than 122,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.
Last year, more than 30,000 transplants were performed in the U.S.
You can sign up to share life through organ, eye and tissue donation at RegisterMe.org.