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Three women connected by one heart

Posted at 6:32 PM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 19:40:31-04

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KMTV) - A Nebraska mother was reunited with a part of her daughter, nearly two years after she was murdered.

In February 2014, Amanda Baker, 24, was attacked on the job while working as a juvenile corrections officer in Scottsbluff. A teenage inmate lured her into a cell then jumped on her back, strangling her until she collapsed. She never regained consciousness. Baker was in the hospital for 3 days before her family decided to take her off of life support and donate her organs.

Sarah Prenosil received Amanda’s heart, “We heard a little bit about that story, how she had passed, and had read newspaper articles about Amanda.”

By Thanksgiving of 2014 Sarah started exchanging letters with Amanda's mother, Julie Baszler, “Just to introduce myself and say how thankful I am for a second chance at life.”

The letters turned into phone calls, an exchange of photos, and finally a meeting on May 14, 2016.
Amanda and her parents drove from their home in Omaha across the state to Baszler’s home in Scottsbluff, to meet the family of the woman who saved her life.

Baszler listened to the heart beat in Amanda’s chest, just like she had done while her daughter was in a hospital bed more than two years prior.

“You'll always hold a piece of my heart, you know that,” Julie told Sarah through tears.