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Iowa woman listens to dead son’s heart in Ohio man’s chest

December 29, 2018

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman whose son died from a drug overdose has had a chance to hear his heart beat again in the chest of an Ohio man who received it as an organ donation.

The Quad City Times reports that Lisa Bragg met Friday in Davenport with Kenneth Vogelsong, of Sherwood, Ohio. She and family members put a stethoscope to Vogelsong’s chest to listen.

Bragg’s 27-year-old son, Markus Abbott, died in January, and his heart was transplanted in Vogelsong. With the help of donor networks, Bragg and Vogelsong exchanged letters, emails, and texts and agreed by phone to meet.

Vogelsong is a is a 45-year-old father of four who was close to death because he had an enlarged heart that couldn’t efficiently pump blood to other organs.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com

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