Families Connected by Infant’s Heart Valve Meet for the First Time  |  May 29, 2014

As Jodi and Jesse McGinley prepared for the birth of their twin boys, they never imagined one of the twins, Eli, would survive just 31 hours. The grieving parents made the brave decision to donate Eli’s tissues so his short life would have a long-lasting impact for another child.

The McGinley’s decision to donate saved the life of Cambrie Gadbois, a baby who was born with a heart defect and needed a heart valve transplant.  The Gadbois family often thought about the family who helped save their daughter’s life while navigating the grief of losing a child. Both families wanted to meet, and recently they had the chance to do so.

Watch the moving video of their first meeting, where Jodi and Jesse were able to hear Eli’s heart valve at work for Cambrie.

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