Family of boy who died in Illinois last year meets Minnesota girl who received his heart

Updated: August 01, 2019 06:50 AM

On Wednesday, the family of a 2-year-old boy who died in Illinois last September got to meet the little Minnesota girl who now has his donated heart.

The two families shared the bittersweet moment with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS as 2-year-old Cash Landers' heart was heard by his mother beating in little Lola Bond's chest for the first time. Next, Cash's big sister listened. 


Cash drowned in a pool last September. Days later, newborn Lola was running out of time for hope until she was given Cash's organ to treat her enlarged heart, a condition called cardiomyopathy.

Her heart was crushing her surrounding organs. But Cash's heart saved her life.

It was an emotional, overwhelming moment Wednesday as the families met. 

 "As soon as I saw her, I fell in love with her," said Brooke Eaton, Cash's mother. "She's just precious. That's my boy. I heard that heartbeat. Really just, it's beautiful."

"We were just discussing the fact that from here on, Lola is as much ours as she is hers," said Margaret Bond, Lola's grandmother.

Eaton made the trip from Illinois to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital for the moment. It's a trip both families said they could make many times in the future.

About one in every 10 people in Minnesota who are waiting for a heart transplant are kids.

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