Father Hears Late Son's Heart Beating Inside Transplant Recipient

A father whose late son saved five lives through organ donation was able to hear his son's heart beat again inside the chest of the transplant recipient. Matthew Spahn tragically lost his life in October 2018 after being hit by a vehicle, fighting in hospital for ten days before he passed away with dad Jordan Spahn, 47, by his side. Unbeknownst to his family, Matthew, from Brenham, Texas, was an organ donor and after his death seven of his organs, alongside skin and tissue, saved the lives of five people. One of the people he saved was Kristi Richard Russ, 54, a 'perfect fit' for his heart who received the organ in a transplant after she suffered a heart attack. Dad Jordan and his wife Summer Mossbarger met Kristi for the first time on February 8, where she gave him the gift of being able to hear Matthew’s heart beat again - inside her chest. During the emotional exchange referring to the time Matthew spent in hospital Jordan says: “You know, I heard his heart beating for ten days straight, on the monitor just watching it.” Matthew was a keen runner, and as Jordan closes his eyes smiling, he adds: “It's so strong - he’s probably out there running laps.”
Release Status:
TV & Digital
Location: Brenham, Texas, USA
  • Date Acquired02-17-2020
  • Date Filmed02-08-2020
  • OrientationHorizontal
  • Footage TypeCell Phone
  • Rights TV & Digital, Commercial, Publishing

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