South Bay mother hears son’s heartbeat again in organ recipient

SAN DIEGO -- The South Bay mother of an organ donor was given the opportunity Monday to not only meet the person who received her son's heart, but hear it beat once again.

When David Rivera died at age 30 from a brain bleed caused by a rare clotting disorder, his heart was used to save the life of a San Diego mother of two named Sandra. Sandra had struggled with heart disease for many years and was near death when she received Rivera's heart, which she calls "a miraculous gift provided by God."

Rivera's mother, Susan Amador along with his fiancée, Kimmy Hoang and their toddler son, Josiah used a stethoscope to listen to Rivera's heartbeat during an emotional meeting arranged by the nonprofit Lifesharing.

Because he was a registered organ donor, Rivera's lung, liver, kidneys and tissue were used to save four additional lives after his death in 2017.

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