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Father hears daughter's heartbeat in chest of man she saved

Father hears daughter's heartbeat in chest of man she saved

"I can't quit. I've got to find a way to get it done, because my daughter didn't have a choice in how she left this world, and so I don't have a choice either".

Following his daughter's death, Mr Conner made a decision to hop on his bike and cycle more than 4,000 kilometres, raising awareness about organ donations and was also able to visit the Broward Health Medical Centre in Florida - the place holding Abbey's body.

One of his favorite moments, though, occurred during his first stop, in Platteville, Wisconsin, where he met a man whose brother was the beneficiary of an organ donor.

Mr Jack, 23, suffered a heart attack due to a viral infection and was told he had just 10 days to live, but now thanks to Abbey he has a healthy beating heart. I wish I could but I can't.

Connor's organs were harvested and Jack Jr. became the lucky recipient of her heart. "All I can do is send my love to her family".

An undated photo of the the departed, Abigail Conner.

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Bill Conner broke down in tears as he used a stethoscope to listen to Abbey's heart beat again inside Loumont Jack Jnr. Donate Life Louisiana, a collection of organ donation procurement centers within the Louisiana, caught the lovely moment on camera.

Asked how it felt to hear his daughter's heartbeat Bill said: 'Abbey's always been the one to help people in need, and so being there for Father's Day it was one step for me to take forward, but also at the same time we've got work to do, and Abbey would want me to do exactly what I'm doing because where she's at now I've got to take on the organ donation awareness'.

"I knew Bill wanted to hear his daughter's heart and that it would mean so much to him".

After their meeting, Conner continued on his bike ride to Fort Lauderdale.

But beyond donating money, Conner is asking everyone touched by Abbey's story to register as organ donors. However, her organs now live in 4 men, one of which Bill chose to meet.

Conner has set up a GoFundMe campaign to support the nonprofit Donate Life America and is continuing to look for hosts who could offer a place to stay on his solo journey.


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