Man Who Received Bride’s Father’s Heart To Walk Her Down Aisle
ICYMI -- ten years ago, Michael Stepien was killed in Swissvale, and his organs were donated. Today, Stepien's daughter is getting married, and the man who received his heart will walk her down the aisle. FULL STORY: http://cbsloc.al/2ba8wHUPosted by KDKA-TV | CBS Pittsburgh on Saturday, August 6, 2016
Jeni Stepien tragically lost her father, Michael Stepien, when he was murdered outside of Pittsburgh in 2006. Following his death, Michael's organs — including his heart — were donated to Arthur Thomas, a man who had been waiting 16 years for the transplant. Ten years later, Jeni received the opportunity to be escorted down the aisle at her wedding by the man who holds her father's heart.
Though Jeni had never met Arthur, the transplant receiver traveled to Pittsburgh to walk Jeni down the aisle on her big day. In an emotional interview with a local CBS affiliate, Jeni said, "We've been talking to him and writing letters and calling and receiving flowers and sending gifts for the past 10 years and now it's finally here." The bride's sister, Michelle, added that having Arthur there made her feel closer to her late father.
You can watch an video of the emotional reunion above.