Nearly a dozen years after her son Erik was killed in a botched carjacking, Julie Sandoval is still grieving. But on Wednesday, the 59-year-old celebrated Erik’s life and the life he made possible for a stranger who received his heart in a transplant. Sandoval traveled from Northern California to Shafter to meet Romiro Cruz, and for the first time in 11 ½ years, she heard the sound of her son’s beating heart.

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It was a very unselfish act by the mother to donate her son’s heart so someone could live.

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