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Meet Josh Oakley, Transplant Recipient

With just the beat of his new heart, Josh is reminded of their family's gift every day. So when Josh met with Maggie and her family met for the second time, he made sure Maggie knew her son's heart is never far away.

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Two people-one heart. Josh Oakley had a rare heart condition that nearly killed him, until he received a life-saving heart transplant at a Kansas City Hospital.  Now a healthy and active college kid, Josh had the chance to meet the mother of his heart donor. They're an unlikely pair with a connection you can't see, but you can hear: a heartbeat.

Josh's heartbeat hasn't always sounded so strong. He nearly died two years ago, from a rare heart condition. But a heart transplant saved his life. One year later, he met his donor's mother for the first time. It was a moment filled with so many emotions, both said they aren't sure how to describe it. "Going into it, there's nothing I could say to this woman for her and her family giving me the chance to continue being here," Josh said.  To read more about Josh's story, follow this link to the KWCH 12 News website.

 

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