Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - After nine months of waiting, Teresa Gardner felt her son's heart beat again. On Monday, two families were united for the first time by the generosity of 20-year-old Maralieus Birdsong and his heart donation after he was shot and killed in March.
"It's definitely, definitely a large emotional roller coaster," said Gardner just before meeting Timothy Jordan and his family.
Jordan lives in Darlington, two hours away from Charleston. Last March on his way to Church he got a call that he was a match for donor heart.
"All we knew was it was 20-year-old male heart before surgery," said Jordan. "I didn't know anything else."
Soon after his eight hour surgery he found out that 20-year-old heart belonged to Maralieus Birdsong, who died March 10 after being shot the night before while delivering pizza.
"I was happy that I was going to receive a heart to prolong my life but it was sad that someone had to pass away for me to live on," said Jordan. "That was the hardest thing for me."
But after hearing about Maralieus and meeting his family Monday, things got a little easier.
"I knew I wanted to meet the family that gave me life again," said Jordan.
Both families agree they are now connected forever, sharing the gift of life and the memory of Maralieus and his big heart.
"You guys are definitely part of our family now," said Gardner as she hugged Jordan. "It's a joyous Christmas this year."
According to LifePoint organ and tissue donation services, just under 200 organs were donated in the state of South Carolina in 2011.
Timothy Jordan went through a year long process to see if he qualified for the national transplant waiting list. Once he was accepted to the donor list, Jordan spent five weeks on the waiting on the list until he received Birdsong's heart.
LifePoint estimates every 10 minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list. As of November 30, 962 South Carolinians are waiting on that list.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:50:09 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>