In June 2013, first-time mom Heather Clark left her 7-month-old son Lukas with a trusted babysitter, like so many of us do every day. Tragically, this was the last time she would see her son alive and well. The babysitter’s boyfriend abused Lukas, resulting in his death. Clark was devastated.
However, in the midst of her grief, she was able to think about others, and decided to donate Lukas’ organs. Three of his organs were donated to other kids waiting for a chance at life, including his heart. Heather describes how she was feeling when she made that momentous decision. “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,” she told FOX 10 Phoenix.
Lukas’s heart was donated to a little girl, Jordan Drake, now 4, who was born with congenital heart disease. Up to that point, Jordan had spent most of her short life in the hospital; today she can run and jump and be active like other children.
This past week, Lukas’ mom Heather and Jordan’s mom Esther Gonzales met for the first time—and Heather Clark got to meet precious Jordan, whose heart was once her own son’s.
Both mothers cried as Clark gingerly lifted a stethoscope to Jordan’s chest, hearing her son Lukas’s heart beat again for the first time in 2.5 years. Clark was also given a teddy bear that plays a recording of Lukas’s heart beating inside Jordan, so she can now hear it whenever she needs to.
Organ donation is so beautiful, and so is this mom’s choice to give life in the midst of the worst grief.
“We’re family now, we’re friends now, our families are families, we’ve brought our families together,” says Jordan’s mom Esther Gonzalez.
God bless both families!