After losing their toddler, a mother and a father decided to meet the boy who had received their daughter’s heart.
In 2015, Mason Perkins was diagnosed with a heart condition and he waited eight months on a donor list until Alaiya’s organs were donated.
In December, Alaiya died from a bacterial meningitis and her heart was given to Mason a couple of days afterwards.
Two years later, the Wilcox family, Ayaila´s parents, from Indiana met Manson´s parents who is 2 years old now. Ayaila´s mother argues that they are anxious to meet Mason because the little one has her daughter´s energy. They are glad to have the opportunity to listen to her heart once again.
A year after the boy received the heart, the Perkins got in contact with the Wilcox family on Facebook, they knew from her obituary online that the heart has come from a little girl in Indiana.
Finally, the families met at Centennial Park in Nashville where the creator of the World of Broken Hearts program for Project Heart, Suha Dabit was able to witness that special moment.
Suha began with the program after her daughter Nadia, received a heart transplant in 2013. Her idea for the program is to raise awareness about congenital heart defects and organ donation.
She could see that for both families it was a painful experience but there was a lot of love to give. What is more, Wilcox appreciated the fact that the moment was captured because it would be remembered forever.