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Mom Hears Son's Heartbeat in Girl Who Received Transplant

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Heather Clark listens to her son's heart beating in 4-year-old Jordan Drake. (Facebook)

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016 12:09 PM

A mom heard her son's heartbeat inside the 4-year-old girl who received the boy's donated heart in 2013 when she was brought together at Phoenix Children's Hospital with the transplant recipient's mother for the first time.

Heather Clark's 7-month-old son Lukas died when her babysitter's boyfriend allegedly abused the child, reported KSAZ-TV


"He was just so outgoing, he was just a little ham," said Clark, 25, who lives in Rancho Cucamonga, California, "If there was a camera in front of him, he was either smiling or sticking his tongue out."

Jordan Drake, 4, of Arizona, was the recipient of Lukas Clark's heart, said People magazine after both families came together at the Phoenix hospital.

"The sound was so strong," Clark told People after listening to the heartbeat on a stethoscope. "I could feel him there with me. He is continuing on through her, no doubt."

Jordan Drake was born with a heart condition called mitral valve regurgitation and her mother Esther Gonzalez was told when the infant was 15 months that she would need a heart transplant to live, said People.

"We were so scared," Gonzalez, 34, told the magazine. "We thought she would never get a heart."

Gonzalez said she was grateful for Clark's decision to donate the heart, noted WSAZ-TV.

"It's hard to describe… that she would be so selfless to be able to think of another family while she's going through her grief," said Gonzalez.

Clark told People that she and Gonzalez were both trying to find each other but since the donation was anonymous, they went to social media. They finally connected on Facebook this past Thanksgiving.

"I was so nervous to meet Jordan," said Clark. "But when I finally saw her, it felt like I was meeting an old friend. I ran to her and hugged her."

Clark and Gonzalez told WSAZ-TV the meeting was a day that will remain with them forever. Clark was able to get an audio recording of Jordan's heartbeat before she left.

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