Laurie Pierce’s daughter Amanda died in a car accident four years ago. On that same night, Garrett Leopold’s ailing heart failed. This spring, Laurie had the chance to dance with Garret, as Lauren’s heart beat inside his body.
Garrett Leopold and Laurie Pierce now have a very special bond-they share a heart. Garrett was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome — the left side of his heart was under-developed.
He received a new heart after the donor, Amanda, died in a car accident in 2013.
“She was really beautiful on the outside, but inside she was so much more,” Amanda’s mother Laurie said. “Loving and beautiful. She saw people with her heart, not with her eyes.”
Because of how special Amanda was, Laurie and Garrett decided to do a personal dance at the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball in her honor.