He’s been dead for 8 months, but suddenly they hear is heartbeat again. This story hits me right to the core.

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It’s a nightmare for any family: one phone call and nothing is the same for a beloved is gone forever.
For the Heisler family, this beloved person was their son and older brother. Matt died at 21 in a fire on his college campus. He was the family’s ray of light, a loving, chipper boy with a large heart. The loss hit his littler sister Casey especially hard since Matt was her everything. He was the brother she looked up to.
Matt’s tragic death is the second unthinkable tragedy to befall the Heislers. His youngest sister, Alicia, died at age 4 from a tragic heart condition. The premature death of his beloved sister had a profound effect on Matt, who decided to become an organ donor afterwards. He wanted to save the lives of others who might meet their fate too early. Indeed, he never expected, however, that this would happen so soon, and tragically. 
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Matt was able to help over 60 seriously-ill patients across the U.S. with his selfless decision to become an organ donor.
His heart, which had always beat for his family, went to a Vietnam veteran named Tom Meeks. Tom suffered from a rare heart condition diagnosed in 2011. For him the bell was about to toll: the doctors informed him that if he did not receive a new heart, he would die.
Tom was desperate. Five hospitals declined to perform the operation on him. He found his luck only at the Mayo Clinic, receiving Matt’s heart by a wonderful coincidence.
Matt’s family wanted to meet the man in whom their son’s heart continued to beat. 8 months after the operation (and the accident in which Matt died), the Heisler family finally met Tom, the Vietnam veteran. It was an emotional moment for all. Tom said: “I woke up today and said to Matt that his mom and dad were coming to visit.”
And for just a moment, the Heisler’s were able to hug the heart that they had loved so much again. They even got to listen to Matt’s heart beating once more with a stethoscope. The sound moved them all to tears.
Tom, who is married with four grandchildren, could hardly express his thankfulness. He was simply overpowered with emotion. “Letting them hear my heartbeat is the least I could do for these loving people to show just how thankful I am.”

The Heisler family is immensely grateful that a part of their son continues to live on. With Matt’s help, many other families were spared the loss of a beloved - a loss like the one that the Heislers experienced. Share this story of Matt. A brave soul that gave a second chance to so many others.
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