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Sarah Root's family hears her heartbeat

Posted at 8:22 AM, Jul 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 09:27:20-04

Recently, the parents of Sarah Root, who authorities say was killed by a drunk driver in the country illegally, got to meet a man their daughter saved through organ donation. 

Root's family listened to their daughter's heartbeat, which now beats inside 64-year-old Dan Griffin, for the first time since they last heard it at the hospital more than two years ago. 

"To know that she is living through him is just…indescribable," Michelle Root said.

"This is what she wanted. This is part of the reason for the Save 6, kidneys, lungs, tendons, they took the skin off her back, that's the type of person she was. Even after she's gone," Sarah's father Scott added. 

The families found out about each other about a week and a half before the meeting, but already say they are family for life. 

"The cool thing about it is that part of me is 24, the other part is 64," Griffin said, "I kind of like to think that the 24-year-old part is leading the way."