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The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away

A Death That Brought the Gift of Life
Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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Summary

'How do you say thank you to someone for giving you their heart? It is the greatest gift a person can ever give.'

Marc is a promising young footballer of 15, growing up in Scotland. A few hundred miles away in England, Martin is a fun-loving 16-year-old. Both are enjoying their summers when they are suddenly struck down by debilitating illnesses. Within days, the boys are close to death.

Although their paths have never crossed, their fortunes are about to be bound in the most extraordinary, intimate way. One of them will die, and in doing so he will save the other's life.

This is a deeply powerful and dramatic story. It is extremely rare for the family of a donor to have any personal contact with the recipient of their loved one's organ. Yet remarkably, the mothers of these two boys meet and become friends, enabling the extraordinary, bittersweet moment in which a mother who has lost her son meets the boy he saved. Reaching out and placing her palm flat against his chest, she feels the heart of her son beating away inside another. Her boy, the boy who gave his heart away.

©2017 Cole Moreton (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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"An extraordinary true story told by a wonderful writer. I wish I could produce something as moving, engaging and beautiful as this." (Bryony Gordon)

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Outstanding

Listened to the book over the last couple of days. Quite simply outstanding. An amazing story told about 2 families brought together by bad luck. The most powerful and heart wrenching stories I have read.

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Heartfelt and touching

This true story is unbelievably close to my heart as.i have been through something similar.

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A must read/ listen to

First of all I must begin by congratulating the narrator . One of the best I have come across so far on Audible, Now to the book. Oh my goodness, the bravery of the families , the incredible work of the doctors and nurses all told with sensitivity and genuine emotion. I first heard Cole Moreton on the radio and immediately purchased the book. It was hard to listen to at times , but compared to what the families went through ... I am full of admiration for Sue, for Linda , for their families and thank them for sharing their experiences. Organ donation is a subject that is never going to be an easy one to tackle, and I really hope that this helps others should they be in a situation where the death of their loved one might just give another family’s loved one a chance . Thank you for sharing your story.

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Brilliant

This book was brilliantly written and read. It's a great read for any one who is contemplating the issue of organ donation. I loved that the human aspects of the book's characters was the main focus, it put the whole question of organ donation into perspective. The audio version was particularly great.