Girl Reunited With Brother's Heart During Quinceañera
Cailyn Finkel 3/19/2016
Any girl's fifteenth birthday is a magical event, but this is a birthday she will never forget! They're celebrating the fact that they're becoming a lady, experiencing independence and learning about all different types of new things. But there was a special guest at Monique Salinas' quinceañera, and it brought her to tears.
The surprise guest was the girl who received her brother's heart and kidneys after a horrific accident when they were children. Monique survived, but her younger brother passed away and her parents opted to donate his organs to those in need. In a different hospital, Aubrey Reeves had two different heart transplant operations and her body rejected both - doctors warned her family that the chance of finding another donor was like "winning the lottery."
Monique's brother was that lottery ticket and his organs saved her life. Aubrey's body accepted the transplants and soon she was healthy, mobile and discharged from the hospital. Almost ten years later, Monique is reunited with the girl her brother saved and the heart that used to beat within him. It was only fitting that the whole family is able to come together for her big day!