Heather Clark’s seven month old son Lukas died due to alleged abuse while with his babysitter. Heather made the decision to donate his organs to prevent other families from having to lose a child.
“I knew I couldn’t do anything with his organs once he passed away, so I thought why not save someone else’s life,” Heather told People Magazine. “But when I signed off permission, I knew my baby was 100 percent gone. And that was so hard.”
Out of this tragedy, something beautiful happened. Lukas’ gift did save lives. And Heather got to hear his heart beat inside four year old Jordan Drake, who was born with a heart condition and had lived her life in the hospital. “The sound was so strong,” Heather said after listening to her son’s heartbeat through a stethoscope. “I could feel him there with me. He is continuing on through her, no doubt.”
The two mothers connected through a Facebook message on Thanksgiving Day 2015. “The donation was anonymous, so it was up to us to find each other,” Clark said. “We were both writing letters and social media messages trying to locate one another, but we kept missing each other until this year.”
Heather and Jordan’s mother, Esther Gonzalez, have developed a bond since finding each other. They met and took a video of Heather listening to her son’s heart for the first time in three years. It’s quite a tearjerker.
Jordan doesn’t quite understand what happened, but Esther reports that Jordan will grow up knowing about the sacrifice that was made to save her life.
They hope this story of sacrifice and love will help encourage organ donation. “I can’t express how important organ donation is. Why would you not do something heroic before you go? Why would you not save someone else’s life? Heather and Lukas saved Jordan’s life and it means everything to us,” Esther said.
Esther and Jordan gave Heather a teddy bear that plays a recording of Lukas’s heartbeat so the grieving mom can continue listening to it at home.
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H/T: Fox 10 Phoenix