Bride escorted down the aisle by man who received her father's donated heart

- A bride was all smiles Saturday as she was escorted down the aisle by the man who received her murdered father’s heart.

Jeni Stepien married Paul Maenner in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, 10 years after a 16-year-old mugger killed her father. Michael Stepien’s organs were donated after he had been on life-support for 24 hours. The recipient of his heart was Arthur Thomas of New Jersey.

Stepien put her hand on Thomas’ chest when she met him for the first time on the eve of the wedding, KDKA-TV reports. Thomas had exchanged letters with Stepien’s mother over the years.

Stepien and Maenner called Thomas a VIP guest on their wedding website and wrote, "Tom has said "yes" to Jeni. "Yes" when she asked him if he would do the biggest honor of the day (besides getting married to the love of her life, Paul!) and walk her down the aisle, so that her father could be there with her in some way. After all, he has his heart. And now Jeni's can continue to heal."


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