Heart transplant recipient falls in love with donor’s sister - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Heart transplant recipient falls in love with donor’s sister

Posted: Updated:
Erin Roberts and Connor Rabinowitz. PHOTO/Facebook Erin Roberts and Connor Rabinowitz. PHOTO/Facebook

Her brother's heart ultimately guided her to the man that would fulfill her own heart.

After helping to find the right match for her deceased brother's donated heart, one woman fell in love with her brother's transplant recipient – and wedding bells may soon be in the air for the happy couple, West Seattle Herald reported.

When 22-year-old Kellen Roberts, from Seattle, Wash., died in 2005, his family decided to donate his organs to help others in need. His mother Nancy and his younger sister Erin began working with LifeCenter Northwest in Bellevue, Wash., to find the right match for Kellen's heart.

Meanwhile, across the country in Minneapolis, Minn., 17-year-old Connor Rabinowitz had been diagnosed with a genetic disorder that caused his organs to become enlarged and weakened.

Without a heart transplant, Connor would not survive, the doctors said.

A top-rated baseball catcher, Connor's athletic career was officially over, and he began the 96-day waiting process for a brand-new heart. Finally, he was told there was a match: Kellen's heart.

Connor underwent heart transplant surgery, which was a complete success. His first plan of action upon receiving his new heart was to write a letter to his donor's family, hoping that they could meet. The Roberts family was more than delighted to receive him, so Connor and his mother traveled out to Seattle – where he first met Erin.

"It was a connection at first sight," Connor told the West Seattle Herald, of meeting Erin for the first time. "We hit it off right away and became friends."

Connor continued to visit the Roberts family over the next four years. Connor and Erin became closer and closer during that time, eventually becoming an official couple in 2011. After graduating in 2012, Connor moved to Seattle to be with Erin, spending their first Valentine's Day together this year. They told the West Seattle Herald that wedding bells may not be too far off in their future.

While the circumstances leading to Connor and Erin's relationship were tragic, the Roberts family is happy to have Connor in their lives.

"I miss my son, but I am clear in my belief that he is happy and understands and smiles at everything that has ensued since he left us," Nancy told the West Seattle Herald. "The world unfolds in ways that I cannot fathom, but I trust and believe in the way things are, and that all things happen for a purpose.

Click for more from the West Seattle Herald.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/02/18/heart-transplant-recipient-falls-in-love-with-donors-sister/#ixzz2LGxuKg6a

  • Viral StoriesMore>>

  • Drones get more space to roam over Texas: FAA approves runway for unmanned aircrafts

    Drones get more space to roam over Texas: FAA approves runway for unmanned aircrafts

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:06 AM EDT2014-09-15 14:06:39 GMT
    The skies over South Texas are about to get a lot more crowded after drone researchers at a Texas university were granted more airspace to test and fly their unmanned aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved a new range for the Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center at Texas AM University-Corpus Christi, providing the researchers with around 290 flying days a year over mountains, high deserts, agriculture, coastal and maritime topographies, including the...
    The skies over South Texas are about to get a lot more crowded after drone researchers at a Texas university were granted more airspace to test and fly their unmanned aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved a new range for the Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center at Texas AM University-Corpus Christi, providing the researchers with around 290 flying days a year over mountains, high deserts, agriculture, coastal and maritime topographies, including the...
  • Kids' poisonings linked to anti-addiction medicine

    Kids' poisonings linked to anti-addiction medicine

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-09-15 13:31:20 GMT
    CHICAGO (AP) -- An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have died. The study found that the drug, buprenorphine, was the adult prescription medication most commonly implicated in emergency hospitalizations of children aged 6 and younger. For every 100,000 patients prescribed buprenorphine, 200 young children were hospitalized ...
    CHICAGO (AP) -- An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have died. The study found that the drug, buprenorphine, was the adult prescription medication most commonly implicated in emergency hospitalizations of children aged 6 and younger. For every 100,000 patients prescribed buprenorphine, 200 young children were hospitalized ...
  • Ravens fans, men and women, wear Ray Rice jerseys at Thursday night game

    Ravens fans, men and women, wear Ray Rice jerseys at Thursday night game

    Thursday, September 11 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-12 03:18:32 GMT
    Music blared from the purple bus, and Baltimore Ravens fan Racquel Bailey stood with drink in hand amid her usual tailgate buddies while making a bold fashion statement: a black, rhinestone-decorated jersey with the white No. 27. A Ray Rice jersey.
    Music blared from the purple bus, and Baltimore Ravens fan Racquel Bailey stood with drink in hand amid her usual tailgate buddies while making a bold fashion statement: a black, rhinestone-decorated jersey with the white No. 27. A Ray Rice jersey.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices