Transplant Receiver Invites Donor’s Mother To Listen to Her 13-Year Old Daughter’s Heartbeat

The one thing about being a parent is the ability to be selfless: To give up the things you want and need for the benefit of someone else.
-Danny McBride

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13-year-old Taylor Storch tragically died in a ski accident in Colorado. Her parents made the difficult and selfless decision to donate Taylor’s organs to save the lives of others. The woman who received the gift of Taylor’s heart through a transplant welcomed her parents to her home to allow them to listen to their daughter’s heartbeat.


We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.
― Herman Melville



  1. Having a child with a serious heart condition myself, this news story hits home. What a beautiful tribute to her child – and what an incredible bond – always connected by heart. This also sheds light on how important organ donation is – literally giving “the gift of life”. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I have always been on the fence with organ donation. The thought of someone abusing your organs has always came into mind but watching this and watching how the little girls heart saved the life of that mother. Taylor’s heart saved a family and gave them back their mummy!
    We need more positive stories like this out there, it makes you want to give.

    • As a transplant recipient of more than 20 years, I urge you to reconsider. I cherish every single day with my donor organ. I take medication every day to keep my organ healthy (like all transplant recipients do) and each time I do I say a little thank you prayer to my God and a thank you to my donor.
      Whether you decide to give or not, please share your wishes with your family. It is a hard decision to make and not one that your loved ones should have to make while they are facing your loss. The only way your organs will be donated will be after you are gone from this world, after your brain is no longer functioning, but your organs are strong and able to live on in another.
      This was a beautiful story, but so many candidates don’t get transplants because so many people feel like couper does. Please, reconsider. Sign your license. Fill out your health care proxy and talk to your loved ones about donating any and all organs you feel comfortable sharing.

  3. What a beautiful beautiful gift – the heart and the chance to hear the heartbeat. Brought tears to my eyes.

  4. Wow, what a powerful story. I’m not a weeper and I cried.

    I worked at a tuxedo rental store all through college, and one of the last wedding couples I helped had an amazing tale, too. Asking about dads in tuxes can be fraught with family baggage, so when the bride said they had 3 dads I thought nothing of it. She listed their names and identified them as her dad, his dad, and her “heart dad.” She had received a donor heart and had become close to the family of her donor. She wanted her “heart parents” to be a part of her wedding day because without them (and their child), she wouldn’t have lived to get married. I still get goosebumps thinking about it, and it was years ago now.

  5. What an incredible story…sometimes I think I’ve seen so much as a nurse that I don’t cry like I think I should. This story showed me that I can still cry. Thank you.

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