METAIRIE, La. – Tears were shed in Metairie on May 14 as a woman heard the heart of her late son beating in the chest of the 14-year-old boy who received it.
Footage recorded by Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency shows Maria Peters Clark, whose 25-year-old son, Nicholas, was killed in a car accident in September 2020, meeting Jean-Paul Marceaux and his family for the first time.
Clark embraces Marceaux, calling him “handsome” before placing a stethoscope on his chest and exclaiming, “Oh my gosh, it’s so strong” upon hearing his heartbeat.
Jean Paul’s mother, Candace Chauvin-Armstrong, posted about the reunion on Facebook, writing: “Today was one of the most beautiful days of my life!!!!!”
The September 2020 transplant was Marceaux’s second. He developed cardiomyopathy after contracting a virus as an infant. He underwent his first heart transplant at age 2, but about a decade later, that heart began to fail, according to Chauvin-Armstrong.