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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.
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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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.
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.