When One Mother’s Tragedy Turns Into Another’s Hope
Heather Clark experienced a horror story no mother is prepared to face. Only 7 months after the birth of her son Lukas Clark, he was violently abused by his babysitter’s boyfriend and wound up in the hospital with severe injuries.
The staff told the Arizona mother that her son had a very small chance for survival after spending several days in the hospital, and then they asked her if she wanted her child to be an organ donor – a question no one wants to debate for their infant. But in a moment of pure darkness and grief Heather was able to make a decision that would eventually help save another mom from walking down the same horrifying path.
Three years later Heather would have the opportunity to hear her son’s heart beat again, but this time through the chest of another child, a very grateful 4-year-old girl…
The love they both have for Lukas’s heart will forever bind these two moms…
Instead of Losing Heart, She Gave One
When Heather Clark courageously made the decision to donate her son’s organs she couldn’t have comprehended how many lives that one decision would affect. To date, Lukas’s internal organs have rescued three separate individuals. “I didn’t want another family or mother to go through what I was about to — or feel the way I was about to,” Heather told Today.
Clark Wanted to Know Who Her Son Saved
In 2013 when Clark’s world was falling apart she wrote a letter to the recipients of Lukas’s organs, partnering with a company called One Legacy, in hopes that one day she would have the opportunity to connect with someone who’d been saved by her son’s passing.
Jordan Drake is the 4-year-old girl that received Lukas’s heart.