Connor Rabinowitz fell in love at first sight with the sister of the man whose heart was now beating inside his chest.
Lucky to get the donor heart of Kellen Roberts after his health collapsed because of a genetic heart condition, Rabinowitz was bowled over when he met Erin - just over a year after his transplant.
Although he was only 17-years-old at the time and she was 26 when they first met in 2004, the electric chemistry between the pair persisted until they got together in 2010 - with both feeling that deceased Kellen helped them to become lovers.
'We had an instant connection – we both feel that Kellen bought us together,' Connor said to the UK's Daily Mirror.
During his recovery, Connor decided that he wanted to write a letter to the family of the donor - who were protected by anonymity.
'Kellen’s mother Nancy got in touch immediately and a few months later my mum flew to meet her. Six months after that I was well enough to visit too.
'It was an emotional meeting and as Nancy put her hand on my chest to feel Kellen’s heart beating inside me, I saw Erin for the first time.
'We locked eyes – and I was smitten. Erin felt the connection too but she tried to dismiss it, thinking I was too young.
'She took me sightseeing for the weekend and we felt so comfortable together, like we’d known each other our entire lives. I visited twice more and felt the same, but we were both dating other people.' While school assistant Erin thought that Connor was too young and had a teenage crush on her, the two lost contact for five-years - but got back in touch using Facebook in 2010.
We were both single for the first time and everything just fell into place,' said Connor.
All of the family tell me stories about Kellen. He is always in my thoughts – and obviously in my heart. He was a great guy – he always looked out for people. Through him, I hope I can do the same. If I was to meet him today, it would be like meeting my other half.'
'I was now forever connected with this young man who sacrificed his life and chose to save mine,' Connor told the West Seattle Herald.
'He is my hero, my guardian angel and I will be forever grateful for his decision to donate his organs.'
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