Jeni Stepien’s father was murdered in 2006.
His heart was later given to Arthur Thomas, who waited 16 years to have a heart transplant.
On Friday, the day before her wedding, Stepien met Thomas for the first time. She was able to feel her father’s heart beat for the first time in 10 years.
“We’ve been talking to him and writing letters and calling, and receiving flowers and sending gifts for the past ten years, and now it’s finally here,” Stepien told ABC 7.
She wrote Thomas a letter asking him if he would walk her down the aisle, and Thomas traveled from New Jersey to Pittsburgh to fulfill her request.
“What greater honor could a person have than walking the daughter of the man who’s given his heart to him,” Thomas told reporters. “I can’t imagine a greater honor.”
(h/t ABC 7)
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