Indiana: A mother can hear her daughter’s transplanted heart beating

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the US state of IndianaMom hears daughter’s transplanted heart beat

Amber Morgan uses a stethoscope to listen to the heartbeat in the chest of Tom Johnson, who received her daughter’s heart four years ago.

More than four years after her daughter’s death, an Indiana woman heard her baby’s heart beating again. On Saturday, Amber Morgan met Tom Johnson, the man to whom doctors transplanted her daughter’s heart, according to the newspaper. This was reported by the Chicago Tribune. With a stethoscope, she listened to the heartbeat in the chest of a 68-year-old man. “It’s almost like I’m hugging my daughter one more time,” she said. “As a mother, you listen to your baby’s heartbeat when you’re pregnant, and I don’t think you want to hear that anymore. – that’s unbelievable.”

Her daughter died at age 20 from asthma. Johnson, who had a heart condition since childhood, received an organ donor after all other treatments failed. In 2019, a year after the transplant, he wrote to Morgan to say thank you. He didn’t even get a response to the second letter until Morgan finally made up her mind, not least because she herself now has heart problems. The Indiana Organ Donation Network organized a rare meeting.

Morgan’s daughter’s heart opened up a whole new world for him, Johnson said. “I can work in the garden, I can ride a bike. My sons can’t believe how fast I can walk.” His wife, Sharon, said her husband’s new heart was very special. “He takes special care of it,” she said. “He never forgets his heart medication.”

(DPA/chk)

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