In 2006, Michael Stepien was shot and killed while walking home from work, but that didnt stop him from attending his daughter Jeni’s wedding recently.
He was an organ donor, and fulfilled that promise after being on life support for 24 hours by giving his heart to Arthur Thomas, a New Jersey native that was at death’s door when he received the news.
Arthur kept in touch with the family through letters over the years, but whenJeniasked him to walk her down the aisle at her wedding, he drove down to Swissvale, PA and met his donor’s daughter for the first time in his life.
They were understandably emotional when they finally met, and when Jeni placed her hand on his chest where her father’s heart lived on, it was like her father “was there on that day.”
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,” she said. “That was really special for us.”
As for Arthur, there was no way he was going to refuse her request.
What a greater honor could a person have than walking the daughter of the man whos given his heart to him,” he said. “I cant imagine a greater honor.”
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