- Mother breaks down after meeting man who received her dead son’s heart
- Her son died under mysterious circumstances and his heart was donated
- The recipient of the life-saving organ wanted to meet his donor
It was a tense and emotional moment when David Ponder, a 57-year-old man who received heart transplant in August 2016, met the family of his deceased donor Juan Carlos Lopez Jr.
The donor’s mother, Graciela Lopez from Ramona, California, broke down when she heard the heart of his dead son beating inside Ponder’s chest.
“I always wanted to know my donor. So when I met his family, it was an emotional and wonderful experience,” says Ponder.
Ponder had to wait for six months, which is the stipulated waiting period, before he could know his donor, Lopez, who reportedly died under unclear circumstances at the age of 26.
Lopez’s family was celebrating his birthday in his remembrance when Ponder met them. They were excited to see him.
“This has been one of the most amazing days in my life. Today I met the family of my donor. Now they are my family too,” Ponder shared on Facebook following the special visit.
Read his full Facebook post below:
Below is video of the emotional moment: