Almost three years after her infant son, Lukas, died, Heather Clark heard his heart beat again — in 4-year-old Jordan Drake.
In 2013, 7-month-old Lukas passed away after being left with a trusted babysitter whose boyfriend abused the tot. Despite her grief, Heather decided to donate his organs to other needy children. She probably never thought she'd see them at work again. But this weekend, she did just that.
Born with a congenital heart defect, Jordan Drake had spent most of her life at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Then, on June 22, 2013, all of that changed when she received a new heart — Lukas's heart.
This weekend, the two families met for the first time — and Heather Clark heard her son's heart beat in Jordan's chest. "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," Esther Gonzalez, Jordan's mother, told Fox 10 Phoenix. "We're family now. We're friends now. Our families are families. We've brought our families together."
The two mothers intend to get together on a regular basis, and a recording of Lukas's heartbeat has been placed inside a stuffed animal for Heather to hear whenever she wants. According to Heather, two other people's lives were saved using two more of Lukas's organs, too.
"The only thing I can think of is, I can't save my own son, so why not save someone else's child because I can't do anything with him," Heather said.