Hearing their baby’s heart beating for the first time is an incredible moment no parent will ever forget. It was the same for Heather Clark. But when her precious baby boy died three years ago, allegedly at the hands of his babysitter’s boyfriend, it was a sound she never expected to hear again. Then some magic happened.
Lukas was only seven months old when he died, in 2013. Amidst her terrible heartbreak, Heather made the decision to donate his organs. One of the three people whose lives were saved due to this generous gift from the Arizona mum and her baby boy was Jordan Drake, an 18-month-old toddler with a life threatening heart condition.
Last week – some three years after the transplant – Heather finally met the little girl who holds her son’s heart, a now bubbly four-year-old who arrived with a simple gift for the emotional mum – a stethoscope. She spoke about her nervousness on Facebook, only days before the tearful meeting.
“One week from today I will be listening to Lukas’ heartbeat once again. I will be holding Jordan in my arms showering her with love and kisses!,” Heather wrote.
One week from today I will be listening to Lukas’ heartbeat once again. I will be holding Jordan in my arms showering her with love and kisses! We are also having a balloon release at a park in chandler az on Sunday January 31st for any Lukas supporters around there who would like to join.
As Heather listens to Jordan’s beating heart, the same heart that once beat inside her son’s tiny body, she is overwhelmed with tears, as is Jordan’s mum, Esther Gonzales.
“I’m not going to say anything. I’m just going to hug her. I think I have run out of words at this point,” a tearful Esther says, moments before meeting the mother whose selfless decision saved her daughter’s life.
There were no words needed as this incredible moment is captured on camera. Jordan’s beating heart says it all.
Donor Network of Arizona was humbled by its presence at the initial meeting of a OneLegacy donor mother and an Arizona heart recipient and her mother. Amid the unthinkable grief of losing her son Lukas, Heather made a decision that saved three lives. Jordan received Lukas’ precious heart when she was just 18 months old.
In another poignant moment, Jordan gives Heather a teddy bear with a heartbeat recorded from the heart beating inside her body – Lukas’ heart – so that she can hear it whenever she needs to feel close to her lost boy.
Little Lukas died in hospital after complications from injuries alleged to have been caused when left with a babysitter. The case is currently before the US courts.