Three years after Heather Clark’s 7-month-old son, Lukas, tragically died, she was able to hear his donated heart beat once again inside a little girl named Jordan Gonzalez.
On the big day, in January 2016, when Clark was to meet little Jordan at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona, she was more anxious than nervous. And as soon as Jordan and Clark made eye contact, they ran toward one another and hugged as if they’d been family for years.
The golden moment that really changed Heather’s life was getting to hear her son’s heartbeat again—the emotion of it all left her speechless. Holding a stethoscope to 4-year-old Jordan’s chest, Clark cried during the emotional meeting.
It was a life-changing moment in 2013 when Clark had made the courageous decision to donate her baby son’s organs. Later on, she wanted to connect with the recipients, so she partnered with “One Legacy,” an organization dedicated to saving lives through organs.
Meanwhile, after the successful transplant operation, Jordan’s mother, Esther Gonzalez, left a message to Clark on Facebook, but unfortunately it remained buried in her inbox folder, unnoticed for more than two years.
This is such a poignant and bittersweet story, for sure. But in sharp contrast, China’s infamous organ transplant industry has been making headlines since long because of the short wait time required for finding a suitable “donor.”
Gonzalez said the donation was a priceless gift. “When they said the heart was good, my instant reaction was that my daughter would get a second chance at life,” Gonzalez told TODAY. “But then on the flip side it took me about a second to realize that through our joy, another mother was grieving.”
The joy brought together both families seamlessly. They like to say that they’re now “linked for life.” The two families will forever be bonded by both tragedy and rebirth. Since meeting, they’ve made it their mission to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation.
This is such a poignant and bittersweet story, for sure. But in sharp contrast, China’s infamous organ transplant industry has been making headlines since long because of the short wait time required for finding a suitable “donor.” In China, one can buy an organ within a week while in other countries the wait period can be over months or years long.
Hospital websites in China, till recently, advertised short waiting times for organ transplants. Due to the increase of available organs for sale in China, many foreigners travel there for transplantation. It is reported that over 10,000 organs are transplanted in China every year, even though China has no effective national organ donation system. But where do the organs come from? Well, the answer to this question is disturbing.
Since 1999, over 70 million people practicing Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) have become the soft target and are being killed on demand to supply an ongoing illegal organ transplant industry.
Falun Dafa is a peaceful spiritual meditation system. It’s core teachings of “Truth, Kindness, Tolerance” emphasize on staying calm and balanced in situations which we encounter in family life, in the work environment and in daily activities. Falun Dafa quickly spread to over 140 countries in the world and is currently practiced by more than 100 million people. However, this practice is banned in China—the country of its origin.
Per investigative reports, Falun Dafa practitioners are systematically imprisoned, tortured and killed for their organs in China. Their bodies are often cremated so that there is no evidence left.
To help stop this persecution, please sign this petition: https://endtransplantabuse.org/2018-petition-india/
You could probably save a life!
Suren Rao is an advertising professional in creative field, who used to live in Mumbai but now resides in Kolkata, and does freelance content writing. He is committed to promoting and practicing the meditation discipline Falun Dafa, and creating awareness of the human rights violation of its innocent practitioners in China. You can reach out to him at: [email protected]