Parents who lost toddler meets the boy who received her heart

by: ABC News
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In an emotional meeting, a grieving mother and father came face to face with the family of the boy who has their daughter’s heart beating inside him.

On Sept. 25, Brandon Wilcox and Lacey Tiara Wilcox of Avon, Indiana, met with the parents of Mason Perkins, now 2, who received the heart of their deceased toddler, Alaiya Wilcox.

“We had so many different emotions running through us,” Lacey Tiara Wilcox told ABC News. “We were anxious to meet Mason in person. Just from photos and videos, he has Alaiya’s energy. He has her spunk now. It was emotional hearing her heart in someone else … but we are grateful that we have an opportunity to hear what made her so amazing.”

On Dec. 26, 2015, 2-year-old Alaiya died from bacterial meningitis. Two days later in Tennessee, Mason received her heart.’

Mason was born with a heart defect and waited eight months on a donor list. He was one of seven people whose lives were saved because of Alaiya’s donated organs.


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“We almost lost him, and for that eight months, there were many times when I wondered, ‘Will we be able to bring him home? Will he ever know what his room looked like? Will he ever leave the hospital?’ Alaiya had made that possible,” said his mother, Angela Perkins of Jellico, Tennessee.

She said she knew her son’s heart came from a little girl in Indiana. Perkins said she learned the family’s identity after finding Alaiya’s obituary online.

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