Bill Conner cycled 1,400 miles to hear his daughter’s heartbeat inside the chest of her heart transplant recipient, Loumonth Jack Jr.
Connor wanted to raise awareness for Donate Life Louisiana and what better way than to visit Jack. As every day I lose more faith in humanity, one act like this brings the world to a crashing halt to remind me, we’re all human, we all live, we all die.
Source: CBS News
Conner was given Jack’s contact information and reached out to the young man several times before they arranged to meet in Baton Rouge on Father’s Day — 1,400 miles into Conner’s trip.
“He’s a really humble kid,” Conner said. “Obviously, you know, I’m a dad. His parents raised him well. He’s very courteous and respectful and he’s got an old soul.”
When Conner met Jack Sunday afternoon he felt like he already knew him. The pair walked toward one another with their arms outstretched.
“Knowing he’s alive because of Abbey, Abbey is alive inside of him — it’s her heart having him stand up straight,” Conner said. “I was happy for him and his family, and at the same time, I got to reunite with my daughter.”
The miracle of life and death; the beauty of knowing we are all the same in most ways. I am crying with sadness for the loss of a young woman’s life and happiness for the life of a young man with a life ahead of him.
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