Levi Shulz was killed in a car accident in North Dakota back in 2012 but his mother, Lisa Swanson, got to hear his heartbeat this week for the first time since his death.
Shulz’s heart was donated to 64-year-old Terry Hooper who needed a transplant. Swanson and Hooper met for the first time to celebrate National Donate Life Month, allowing Swanson to witness her son’s heart giving life to someone else.
"He's my hero," Hooper said of Shulz during the emotional introduction. "There's not a day I don't think of him. You have no idea."
Swanson was overcome with emotion while listening to her son’s heart pounding away inside of Hooper’s chest.
"I get happiness and sadness all at the same time," she said. "Sad that my son's not here, but happy that he was able to help Terry."
Watch the heartwarming moment in the video below.
Mother Hears Son's Heartbeat for First Time in Three Years
"It definitely sounds like it belongs there." Three years ago, Lisa Swanson's son, Levi, died in a car crash in North Dakota. Today, for the first time, she met Terry Hooper – the Nebraska Medicine patient who received Levi's heart. #DonateLifeMonthPosted by Nebraska Medicine on Friday, April 1, 2016
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