KEARNEY, Mo. – Over the weekend, a local family received a gift of years: the chance to hear their son’s heart beat again.
More than two years ago, Taylor Ware, a young Marine from Kearney, died, but he was an organ donor.
The details surrounding Ware’s end of life are difficult, and more than anything his family wishes he was still here. But knowing his heart is still beating gives his family peace.
Our legacy is all we can leave behind. For Ware, he left a life behind.
“Taylor is a man with a heart of gold,” said his father, Thomas Ware.
The 24-year-old joined the Marines just like his father did. In high school, he was a statewide wrestler for Kearney High. He has traveled all over the United States and Europe, experiencing the world.
Ware also struggled with his mental health. He was honorably discharged from the army in 2019.
“I had a wonderful son,” Ware said.
Taylor died in August 2019. His family said they were in Indiana trying to get him home for mental health care. They called the police to help because he was in an accident. There was a struggle and Ware later died at the hospital from a medical condition related to delirium.
“A month before Taylor passed away, he signed up to be an organ donor,” Ware said.
At the same time, Clay Yates was struggling in a St. Louis. The broker and the father of two both have big hearts.
“Due to my severity, I rank pretty high at the top of the list,” Yates said.
Taylor’s heart became Clay’s heart. On Saturday, Thomas heard his son’s heart beat back inside Clay.
“Overwhelming to say the least. Tears of joy. Hearing my son’s experience was very emotional. I hope to keep hearing it beat for a long time,” said Ware.
“You have to realize what they’re dealing with and what they’re going through is the exact opposite of what I went through. I’m happy to get a second chance in life while they’re mourning,” Yates said.
Taylor’s dad is glad his gift has kept Clay alive for the rest of his life.
“It just brings joy when Taylor can help Clay and his family. They are a wonderful, beautiful family. Taylor is smiling from the sky,” Ware said.
“He gave me a second chance at life, and I will forever be grateful for that,” Yates said.
Taylor’s lungs were also donated to an unknown person. His family hopes to meet them in a similar way at some point in the future.
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