Woman Meets Transplant Recipient Of Late Husband’s Heart


HAS MORE ON THIS MEETING AND LIFE SAVING DECISION. Reporter: IN 2016, ERICKSON WENT THROUGH A LIFETIME OF SORROW IN THREE MONTHS. FIRST HER FATHER DIED, THEN HER YOUNGER BROTHER. AND ON THE EVE OF HIS WAKE, HER HUSBAND JOHN WAS FATALLY STRUCK BY A CAR ON LONG ISLAND. HE GOT HIT BY THE CAR. I WAS ON THE PHONE WITH HIM. I WAS ON MY WAY TO PICK HIM UP. SHE PUSHED JOHN — SHE WOULD HAVE TO GIVE DOCTORS THE OKAY TO RECOVER HIS ORGANS. IF THERE’S NOTHING WE CAN DO WITH HIM, IMAGINE THAT PERSON GETTING THE PHONE CALL SAYING THERE’S A CHANCE THEY COULD LIVE. JOHN SAVED THE LIFE OF FOUR PEOPLE. SHE AND HER FAMILY MET 66-YEAR-OLD ROBERT AT THE LIVE ON NY HEADQUARTERS. THE RETIRED POLICE OFFICER FROM CONNECTICUT RECEIVED JOHN’S HEART. WHEN I CAME THROUGH THE DOOR, I KNEW THAT SHE WAS THE WIFE. I HAD A FEELING. ROBERT HAD HIS FIRST HEART ATTACK AT 37. AND TWO BYPASS SURGERIES. HE WAITED FOR SEVEN MONTHS FOR A NEW HEART. WHEN IT FINALLY CAME, HIS OWN WAS FUNCTIONING AT JUST 10%. I DIDN’T THINK HE WAS GOING TO GET A HEART. I DIDN’T THINK HE WAS GOING TO LAST THE LAST FEW WEEKS. I’M WEAK FROM BEING THE HOSPITAL FOR SO LONG, BUT I FEEL YOUNGER AND I FEEL DIFFERENT. ROBERT GAVE GIFTS TO MEGHAN AND JOHN’S MOTHER, BUT THE BEST GIFT OF ALL, LETTING THEM LISTEN TO HIS STRONG BEATING HEART. A SMALL GESTURE COMPARED TO THE LIFE JOHN GAVE HIM. IT’S LIKE A MIRACLE IN A HALF. JOHN WAS THE BEST. HE ALWAYS WANTED TO HELP PEOPLE. HE HAD A GOOD HEART.

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