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Bride Given Away by Man Who Received Her Father’s Donated Heart

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Her father’s heart beats within him

When Jeni Stepien was ready to walk down the aisle, she really wanted her father to be with her. Unfortunately, he died ten years before her wedding date. But she figured out an ingenious way to have a little piece of him with her on her special day. She sent a letter to a man she never met and asked him to take a huge role in her wedding even though he doesn’t know her, and he happily obliged. Here’s the whole heartwarming story about Jeni’s special wedding gift from beyond.

jeni stepien wedding with heart transplant recipient

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We’re so happy that Jeni could have a piece of her father at her wedding!

Organ Donation

jeni stepien wedding with heart transplant recipient

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Jeni Stepien’s father passed away in 2006 from a tragic murder. He was a caring enough person to be listed as an organ donor, and, upon his death, his heart was used in a life-saving transplant to a man who was “on Death’s Door.” The Stepiens never received any information about who the heart was given to or how he had done with it in the past decade. An average of 79 people receive organ transplants every day, and yet there aren’t enough organ donations to help everyone who is on a waiting list.

Tying the Knot

jeni stepien wedding with heart transplant recipient

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Ten years after her father’s death, Jeni was set to be married to the love of her life. The happy day was organized and ready to go, except for one major thing; Jeni didn’t have her father to walk her down the aisle which is something she desperately wanted but couldn’t have. Jeni tried to find a way to represent him at her wedding. She then remembered that her father’s heart was transplanted ten years earlier, and she had an amazing idea. She found out who received her father’s heart and wrote the man a letter. She had never met the man before, but she had a very important request of him that would complete her special day and bring a living piece of her father to her wedding.

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