Usually, the sixteenth birthday is the most special one among girls. However, this Latin American family, according to their tradition, have a special ritual called ” Quinceanera” that is organized for the 15th birthday.
A girl named Monique Salina was satisfied with everything on this day. Her birthplace is in Benavides, Texas, in the US, where she still lives there with her family.
Sadly, for every ceremony they always remember something from their past. Monique’s brother, Mikey, died in a car accident, a decade ago. Since then, Monique hasn’t stopped loving and missing her older brother.
At the time, her parents decided that despite their grief their son’s death should not be in vain. So they willingly donated his organs.
WITH THIS DECISION, THEY SAVED THE LIKE OF A LITTLE GIRL THAT THEY’VE NEVER SEEN IN THEIR LIFE. HER NAME IS AUBREY REEVES, AND SHE HAD A HEART PROBLEM, MORE PRECISELY CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE.
She had a difficult time finding a match since two previous hearts were not fit for her. The fact that her body and Mikey’s heart was a perfect match actually is a wonder. Now, thanks to Mikey’s heart, Aubrey is 18 years old and lives a healthy life.
Aubrey didn’t know the donor because the donation was anonymous. So, she never got the chance to say how thankful she is to them. Also, Mikey’s family was not informed if the operation went successfully or not. 10 years later, they received a letter with the information about the girl who got their child’s heart. Then, they decided to invite Aubrey and her mother to Monique’s birthday.
After 10 hours drive, Aubrey was able to say thank you in person.
First, they stood amidst the crowd. Then, Monique’s parents announced their secret. “The heart of Monique’s dead brother, Mikey, is in the middle of the room and is alive and beating in the chest of a young girl. ”
Everyone shed tears, especially Monique. She approached Aubrey and hugged her, while they were both crying.
Monique says that it was like she felt her brother as she felt his heart breathing throw Audrey’s chests.
These families will always have a connection. It’s so amazing that Mikey’s parents decided way back then to give the gift of life to another child just as they lost their own son.