Mother hears donor son’s heartbeat in recipient

OMAHA, Neb. — Four years after her son’s tragic death, a mother from Kentucky came to Nebraska to hear her son’s heartbeat again.

It was an emotional meeting Thursday evening. Dawn Grace finally met the man who has her son’s heart. On Friday afternoon, Grace got an even better listen.

“It’s so peaceful,” she remarked.

“Exactly four years ago today, Joe gained life and Calen gained everlasting life,”

In 2012, 14 year old Calen Grace of Kentucky accidentally shot himself with a gun he thought was broken. He did not survive.

“We were asked to donate, and I was very angry,” Dawn Grace said.

She said she had no intention of donating her son’s organs until he came to her in a vision.

“He said, Momma, what would I do? This is not about you.”

Grace decided to donate, and hundreds of miles away, Joe Hansen was given a second chance at life.

“When I open my wallet, he is the first thing I see, and he and I chat often.”

Fifty-five-year-old Hansen and Calen have become one thanks to organ donation.

Hansen and Dawn Grace have corresponded for years but never met — both sides needed time to heal.

They said finally meeting on the four-year anniversary of the transplant was the perfect time.

“I feel blessed. I feel thankful.”