NBC News Channel
By Sarah-Blake Morgan
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's been an emotional week for a Lubbock man who received a heart transplant one year ago. This past weekend, 69-year old Paul Morse had the opportunity to meet his donor's family at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.
Morse has struggled with heart problems for nearly thirty years. However, on March 2, 2012, he got a second chance at life and received a heart transplant.
"I would have always wondered who gave their life to save mine," Morse said.
One year ago, when Morse woke up after the surgery, he had no idea who's heart he heard beating inside him.
"They said it was a young heart. It was beating really fast, faster than it had ever beat," Paul's wife Delilah said.
For months, the couple hoped and prayed they would hear from the family who's loss had given him a second chance at life. Five months later, they got a letter.
"I've talked to so many donor families where they want to meet and have never heard back from them. I was just so thankful that they were willing to correspond and meet," Morse said.
The letter came from Ty and Nancy Osman of Brentwood, Tennessee. Their son, Ty the second, was a 18-year old college student, traveling with friends to Fort Worth on Spring Break. Ty noticed a wreck on the side of I-30 and insisted on stopping to help a women in need. That's when he was hit by a car and died trying to lend of hand.
"He died a noble death, yes, it's still our loss, but at least he died doing something for somebody else," Osman said.
"Just reading about him and hearing from other people, he was so much like Paul. They could have been two peas in a pod," Delilah said.
The two families started corresponding more and more, until finally the Osman's decided they wanted to meet on the anniversary of their son's accident.
"For us, it makes it seem like it's not for nothing," Nancy Osman said.
In a room full of family and friends at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, the couple and their two daughter's were able to hear their son and brother's heart beat once again.
"She held it there and she listened and immediately, the biggest smile and she's listening to her son's heart," Morse said.
"It makes it real. It's one thing to talk and think about it, but when you actually hear the heartbeat," Ty Osman said.
Just that sound brought comfort to a family that has lost so much.
"I just told them, he's definitely still alive," Morse said.
Now this man, who just last year didn't expect to have another birthday, can live life to the fullest, because he's truly young at heart.
"I just wish I could have met him when he was still alive but I'm very anxious to meet him when we get to heaven," Morse said.
Ty's family says their son died serving others and saved lives in the process. He had a passion for helping people while he was alive and through his death, his parents hope to continue Ty's message. For more information, please visit: http://ty2foundation.org/