In my opinion, being an organ donor is a beautiful thing. However, it's understandably, a very bittersweet thing as well. It's never easy to lose someone you love, but knowing that if they couldn't be here, they could save someone else I imagine is the most heartwarming feeling.
Last year, a little boy in Illinois lost his life when he drowned, but his organs were donated. One of the recipients was a Minnesota newborn named Lola, who received his heart.
KSTP got to catch up with both families this week.
On Wednesday, the family of a 2-year-old boy who died in Illinois last September got to meet the little Minnesota girl who now has his donated heart.
The two families shared the bittersweet moment with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS as 2-year-old Cash Landers' heart was heard by his mother beating in little Lola Bond's chest for the first time. Next, Cash's big sister listened.
It was an emotional, overwhelming moment Wednesday as the families met.
"As soon as I saw her, I fell in love with her," said Brooke Eaton, Cash's mother. "She's just precious. That's my boy. I heard that heartbeat. Really just, it's beautiful."
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