Bride Given Away By Man Who Received Her Fathers Heart
“It’s just like having my dad here and better because we get to share this story with people and other people see that organ donors do matter,” Jeni Stepien
In a meeting filled with emotion, bride to be Jeni Stepien meet the man that received her father's heart ten years ago. Jeni's father Michael Stepien was murdered in 2006, and his heart was donated to Arthur Thomas of New Jersey. Thomas had been waiting for a heart donor for 16 years, “I was on death’s door when he was murdered and I needed a heart or I was going to be dying in the next few days,” he said.
Jeni has been in contact with Arthur ever since he received her father's heart, “We’ve been talking to him and writing letters and calling and receiving flowers and sending gifts for the past 10 years,” said Jeni . So the bride to be asked Arthur if he would do her the honor of walking her down the aisle.
“What a greater honor could a person have than walking the daughter of the man who’s given his heart to him. I can’t imagine a greater honor,” said Thomas.
On the eve of Jeni's wedding she meet Thomas for the first time, and was again able to feel her father's heart. “I was just so thankful that my dad could be here with us today in spirit and a piece of his physical being as well. That was really special for us,” said Jeni.
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