It was a bittersweet moment for this Florida father to listen to his late daughter’s heartbeat inside a boy, following his heart transplant surgery.
Shawn Zimmerman’s 14-year-old daughter, Katelyn, passed away in a drunk-driving accident in March. For Shawn, that was the final time he thought he’d ever hear his daughter’s heartbeat. But things changed when Alj Jefferies, also 14, received her heart to cure his disease that he had suffered since birth.
Shawn, who has also lost a son in the same accident, put a stethoscope to Alj’s chest to give the beating heart a listen. Talking about the overwhelming moment, he said, “It put us at peace knowing that Katelyn’s heart is still beating, even though it’s not in her,” reports FOX8.
Expressing his gratitude, Alj said, “Thank you for the gift of being able to see more in life. Thank you for letting me have a second chance. Thank you from the bottom of my heart – thank you for being my miracle.”
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