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Bride walked down aisle by man who received her father’s heart after he was killed

By Mason White 5:34 PM April 2, 2017
Jeni Stepien and Arthur Thomas
Jeni Stepien and Arthur Thomas
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A bride was overjoyed by having a piece of her deceased father at her wedding.

Jeni Stepien and her family were devastated when their father was murdered ten years ago.

They decided to donate his organs to make a difference in other people’s lives.

Arthur Thomas was very sick, and he had been waiting sixteen years to get a heart from a donor. Thomas was close to death when he received the news that he will be getting a heart.

Thomas was the recipient of Michael Stepien’s heart. Michael’s family stayed in touch with Thomas over the years.

They sent each other letters, flowers and gifts, but they never met.

Thomas said that he was touched when he received a letter from Michael’s daughter Jeni, asking if he would walk her down the aisle.

Thomas agreed. He came to the wedding, where he meet his donor’s family for the first time. Jeni, her sister and their family members were overjoyed to feel their father’s heartbeat and pulse when they met.

The family decided to publicize their story in order to inspire others to donate organs.