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Heart to heart: Transplant families meet for the first time
CINCINNATI (Adam Clements) -- The sound of a heartbeat can be a very powerful one, especially when it comes from a child.
Local 12 began following this story on February 14, 2013, the day young Trinity Lazo received a life-saving heart transplant. But to tell the full story of the heart that now beats in Trinity, the story has to start with Logan Baker.
This is a story seen only on Local 12 News. A story that now comes full circle.
Tracie Baker, Logan's mother, said, "Logan was a beautiful, sweet, calm happy baby."
Kevin and Tracie Baker knew they were on borrowed time with their son, Logan.
"At about six weeks, his biopsy came back that it was a form of muscular dystrophy," Tracie said.
The Bakers made sure their little 'Logi Bear' got to experience as much life as he could in his 13 months.
His father said they enjoyed his, "First Royals game." His mom shared with Local 12, "First flight. We took him to the beach when he was about 10-months-old."
Logan died February 11, 2013.
Three days later, Valentine's Day, his still-beating heart found a new home in 2-year-old Trinity Lazo.
Trinity's mother, Monica Lazo, said, "It's exhilarating to see our kid do the things that we didn't think we would be able to do."
Through anonymous letters, the Lazos and the Bakers connected, sharing pictures stories and eventually, planning a face-to-face meeting.
"It's something we always wanted to do for a long time," said Monica.
August 23, 2014 was the big day. Nerves were on full display. As the Bakers approached, Trinity broke free from her mom and walked toward Tracie. And then, the long-awaited embrace, mother to mother and heart to heart.
"It doesn't get any better than this. Like I said, how many different ways can you say thank you? It's a Godsend for us," said Monica.
"He's still changing lives, even after he's gone," Tracie said.
The Bakers may have lost Logan, but they take great comfort in knowing his heart now has a good home. Trinity still sees the doctors at Children's Hospital for regular exams. Overall, she's doing very well. As for the Bakers, Kevin and Tracie are expecting a baby in November.
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