New Bride Walked Down The Aisle By Her Father’s Beating Heart
Jeni Stepien’s father Michael was killed in 2006. On the eve of Stepien’s wedding, she got meet the man who was the recipient of her father’s heart. It was a meeting filled with emotion, and Stepien got to hear the heart of her father that was now beating inside of Arthur Thomas.
Thomas and his wife traveled to Pittsburgh from New Jersey to be there for Stepien’s wedding. Stepien got to hear her father’s beating heart for the first time in 19 years!
“Jeni wrote me a letter. And she said, ‘Tom, I’m the daughter of the man whose heart’s inside you, and I’m gonna get married on August 6th. One further thing if you’re willing, would you walk me down the aisle?’” Thomas said.
Thomas agreed, and the two met!
“It’s just like having my dad here and just better because we get to share this story with other people and you know other people see that organ donors do matter,” the newlywed said.
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