Mother who lost her son hears his heartbeat again through transplant recipient

By Caitlin O'Kane

/ CBS News

Mom hears son's heartbeat through recipient

Two women from Tennessee both love a man named Kevin. One woman is his mom. The other is a transplant recipient who is being kept alive by Kevin's heart. The two women met for the first time on Valentine's Day.

Kevin, Wendy Hartley's son, died in 2017. The 21-year-old was refinishing a bathtub and breathed in fumes that killed him.

Rhonda Lucas, a nurse in Johnson City, Tennessee, was experiencing heart failure around the time Kevin died. They were complete strangers, but Kevin ended up saving her life. Several of his organs were donated, and Rhonda was the fortunate recipient of his heart.

Wendy Hartley, right, listened to her son's heart for the first time since he died. WTVF

CBS Nashville affiliate WTVF was there for Wendy's and Rhonda's emotional meeting on February 14, which is also National Donor Day.

"There he is, he saved my life," Rhonda told Wendy, as Wendy listened to the heartbeat through a stethoscope.

"That's my baby," Wendy said with tears in her eyes.

"I've made it so far with him, you just don't know," Rhonda said. "I just love you so much."

Wendy began smiling through the tears. "I know that rhythm," she said.

The women embraced, and Rhonda told Wendy that Kevin was her hero, which is exactly what the mom needed to hear. "Thank you for saying that," Wendy said.

First published on February 20, 2019

© 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

screen-shot-2019-02-20-at-8-09-04-am.png

Justices back man whose $40K SUV was seized over $400 drug sale

Ruling also could buttress efforts to limit the confiscation by local law enforcement of property belonging to someone suspected of a crime

updated 9M ago

Mom hears her son's heartbeat again through organ recipient

"I've made it so far with him, you just don't know. I just love you so much," the heart recipient told the mother

updated 19M ago

Gwyneth Paltrow is ending her run as Marvel character Pepper Potts

"I mean, I'm a bit old to be in a suit and all that at this point," the 46-year-old actress told Variety

updated 49M ago

Governor Mike DeWine pauses executions in Ohio

The Ohio governor said there would not be any more executions until a new protocol approved by the courts can be put in place

1H ago

Grand Canyon takes action after tourists possibly exposed to radiation

Officials investigating whether anyone was exposed to radiation at unsafe levels while samples of uranium ore sat in plastic buckets in a park research building

1H ago

Justices back man whose $40K SUV was seized over $400 drug sale

Ruling also could buttress efforts to limit the confiscation by local law enforcement of property belonging to someone suspected of a crime

updated 9M ago

Governor Mike DeWine pauses executions in Ohio

The Ohio governor said there would not be any more executions until a new protocol approved by the courts can be put in place

1H ago

Bernie Sanders raises $6 million in first 24 hours

Sanders surpassed his Democratic contenders in early fundraising in just a day

1H ago

McCabe says its "possible" Trump is a Russian asset

"I think it's possible. I think that's why we started our investigation," McCabe told CNN

1H ago

Democrats want investigation of ICE force-feeding immigrants

Nearly 50 Democrats have called for an investigation after immigration officials confirmed the force-feeding

2H ago

Putin says Russia will retaliate if U.S. puts missiles in Europe

Russian leader didn't say what specific new weapons Moscow could deploy, but his statement further raised the ante in tense relations with Washington

1H ago

Huawei founder says he would defy Chinese law on intel gathering

Chinese company is the largest seller of telecommunications equipment in the world

1H ago

Survivor "aggravated" pope skipped clergy sex abuse meeting

Shaun Dougherty never imagined his very personal crusade against Catholic clergy sexual abuse would lead him to the Vatican

1H ago

Hanoi barber offers free Trump, Kim hairdos ahead of summit

He says it's a way to show the people of Hanoi welcome the summit, since the Vietnamese capital is a city of peace

6H ago

Teenage girl who joined ISIS losing citizenship, lawyer says

Shamima Begum left Britain four years ago to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

16H ago

Gwyneth Paltrow is ending her run as Marvel character Pepper Potts

"I mean, I'm a bit old to be in a suit and all that at this point," the 46-year-old actress told Variety

updated 49M ago

ACM Awards 2019: Full list of nominees

Country music icon Reba McEntire, who's hosting the ACM Awards for the 16th time this year, reveals the nominations

1H ago

Testimony in Jussie Smollett case scrapped after "Hail Mary" phone call

CBS News source says the last-minute call from "Empire" actor's lawyers apparently is what scuttled grand jury testimony from two brothers

3H ago

Burberry apologizes for "noose" hoodie

The brand's CEO and creative director weighed in after an uproar followed Instagram posts by model Liz Kennedy decrying the item

1H ago

Netflix reveals star-studded cast for "Green Eggs and Ham"

Even if you don't love green eggs and ham, you will love this cast

9H ago

It's Samsung's turn to reveal its newest smartphone lineup

The question looming over its high-profile launch event: Will the new models and features be enough to boost sales?

1H ago

Battle royale in online games: "Apex Legends" smashes "Fortnite"

"Fortnite" is no longer the record holder for game downloads and viewership, with EA's "Apex Legends" charging ahead

updated 49M ago

Huawei founder says he would defy Chinese law on intel gathering

Chinese company is the largest seller of telecommunications equipment in the world

1H ago

Flight hits 801 mph thanks to record-breaking jet stream

The river of air 35,000 feet above the NYC area, known as the jet stream, clocked in at a blazing 231 mph, blowing away a 1957 record

3H ago

Scientists discover 300,000 new galaxies

200 scientists from 18 countries have revealed hundreds of thousands of previously undetected galaxies

16H ago

Grand Canyon takes action after tourists possibly exposed to radiation

Officials investigating whether anyone was exposed to radiation at unsafe levels while samples of uranium ore sat in plastic buckets in a park research building

1H ago

Startup halts treatment using young people's blood after warning

Ambrosia Health charged thousands of dollars for infusions of plasma from teens and young adults

17H ago

Is "zombie deer disease" a threat to humans?

The disease erodes the brain so the animal salivates and acts lethargic, in a sort of zombie-like state

16H ago

Nature's Path recalls gluten-free cereal due to undeclared gluten

Food maker recalls some batches of gluten-free product sold around the U.S. because it may contain wheat and barley

20H ago

Scientifically proven ways to lose weight

Experts say it's the quality, not just the quantity, of what you eat that matters

22H ago

Trump's China trade remarks leave wiggle room

Mr. Trump tells reporters March 1 deadline for agreement with China isn't a "magical date"

updated 53M ago

Claim these tax deductions — even if you can't itemize

Also known as "above the line deductions," these special provisions can be big money-savers

2H ago

It's Samsung's turn to reveal its newest smartphone lineup

The question looming over its high-profile launch event: Will the new models and features be enough to boost sales?

1H ago

Battle royale in online games: "Apex Legends" smashes "Fortnite"

"Fortnite" is no longer the record holder for game downloads and viewership, with EA's "Apex Legends" charging ahead

updated 49M ago

Huawei founder says he would defy Chinese law on intel gathering

Chinese company is the largest seller of telecommunications equipment in the world

1H ago

Testimony in Jussie Smollett case scrapped after "Hail Mary" phone call

CBS News source says the last-minute call from "Empire" actor's lawyers apparently is what scuttled grand jury testimony from two brothers

3H ago

Disturbing testimony of "horrific" scene in missing mom case

Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent testified Tuesday that Krystal Jean Lee Kenney described the scene inside Kelsey's Berreth's home as "horrific"

1H ago

Sources: Brothers expected to testify before grand jury in Jussie Smollett case

The two brothers told police Smollett paid them to fake an attack

13H ago

Ex-Philly cop allegedly sexually assaulted witnesses, suspects

Authorities allege Philip Nordo used his position to intimidate and groom male suspects and witnesses into sexual acts

18H ago

Ex-cop who killed teen contests rare challenge to his sentence

Jason Van Dyke's attorneys say such the challenge from prosecutors is only warranted in extraordinary circumstances

23H ago  Original Article