Beautiful meeting: Emotional mom finally meets son’s heart recipient

A Georgia mom whose son signed up as an organ donor when he received his driver’s license, and shortly thereafter died of a traumatic head injury, finally met the recipient of his heart. It took three years to learn his identity, but the meeting proved extraordinarily emotional.

Susan Puckett’s son was killed shortly before his eighteenth birthday in 2008, and his organs were donated to four different people. In a promotion conducted by TheBlaze to publicize life’s most treasured moments, the Georgia mom and guest speaker for Life Link of GA submitted her 2011 photograph and following caption.

GA mom meets son's heart recipient  Photo Credit: Susan Puckett
GA mom meets son’s heart recipient Photo Credit: Susan Puckett

“This was the day I met my son’s heart recipient. My son, Thomas, died as a result of a traumatic head injury in August, 2008. He was a just a few days away from turning 18. He had made the decision to be an organ donor when he got his driver’s license. We honored his wishes upon his death. Several months later, I wrote to all of his recipients and prayed that we would get a response. In the spring of 2011, I received the letter I had been praying for – from Derrick, my son’s heart recipient. With further correspondence, he was ready to meet us. That was in June, 2011. It was such a blessing to meet this wonderful, young man, who we now refer to as our heart son.”

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Richard Berkow

Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at [email protected]

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