Iowa woman meets family that donated heart to her

  • Associated Press
  • August 31, 2014 - 4:05 PM

WATERLOO, Iowa — A California couple is glad that their son's heart is living on three years after his death inside of an Iowa woman.

KCRG reports ( ) the two families got a chance to meet each other on Friday.

Vicky Patino of Murrieta, California, used a stethoscope at Friday's meeting to listen to her son's heart beating on.

Vicky Patino says she still misses her son, but she feels like she gained a daughter in Emily Kachulis because of the organ donation.

Kachulis spent two months in intensive care at a Rochester, Minnesota, hospital waiting for a transplant.

Then 22-year-old Raul Patino fell off a party bus in Minnesota and decided to donate his organs. Four different people received organs from Patino.

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