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Girl Who Was Given Heart Of Baby Boy Dies At 5

| by Michael Doherty

A young girl who made headlines last year when the mother of her heart transplant donor listened to her son's heartbeat the little girl's chest has passed away.

Jordan Drake, 5, was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease as an infant, and doctors told her parents that she would need to get surgery in order to repair her faulty valves, Today reports. After receiving a mechanical heart at 5 months old, Jordan received a donor heart from a baby boy that saved her life in 2013.

The heart had originally belonged to Lukas Clark, the 7-month-old son of Heather Clark, 25, who said that her son had died after being violently abused by a babysitter. The boy's organs were donated and went on to save the lives of three people.

After Jordan received Lukas' heart, the two families kept in touch and in 2016, Heather visited and listened to the donated heart beating in Jordan's chest through a stethoscope. The emotional scene went viral online, where many commenters were inspired by Jordan and Heather's story.

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On Feb. 22, Jordan was taken to the Phoenix Children's Hospital for a stomachache, where doctors found that her heart was not functioning correctly, and that her body was rejecting the donated heart, WABC reports. Jordan died on March 12.

"She was a tough little girl who put up one hell of a fight," said Esther Gonzales, Jordan's mother, in a message on the Facebook page Jordan's Heart, "but the heart rejection was just too much for her."

"Each minute is going to seem like a million years without my angel," she wrote.

The family has set up a GoFundMe for Jordan's medical bills and funeral expenses; the fund has received over $10,000, The Arizona Republic reports.

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Last year, Heather heard Lukas' heart beating for the first time in almost three years inside Jordan's chest.

"I would like to share something with all the amazing Lukas supporters. Today I have been in contact with a beautiful family. This beauty (Jordan) is the girl who has Lukas heart beating in her," wrote Heather in a Facebook post at the time, KTLA reports. "One day I will meet her and squeeze her so tightly! Thank you to her mom and dad who allow me to be a part of their lives. This is the best Christmas present I could have asked for."

According to the Donor Network of Arizona, there are over 123,000 men, women, and children in need of life-saving organ transplants. A single organ and tissue donor can reportedly save up to 50 lives.

Sources: WABC, The Arizona Republic, KTLA, Today / Photo credit: WABC

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