Uplifting

Her Brother Died in a Car Crash—10 Years Later, Teen Makes a Confession to Mom on Her Birthday

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It was the night before Monique Salinas’ quinceañera, but the teen had so much more on her mind than her big 15th birthday celebration the next day.

Of all the fancy presents she had waiting for her, there was only one gift she really wanted: to see her brother.

She confessed the seemingly impossible wish to her mom, Melissa, though Monique knew it was too far-fetched.

Her brother, Mikey, died in a car crash 10 years ago, and Monique had spent every day since missing him.

What the teen didn’t know is that her mother had, in fact, made plans for Mikey to be at her party in his own special way. Melissa got in contact with 18-year-old Aubrey Reeves, the recipient of Mikey’s kidneys and heart.

It was an incredibly risky transplant that saved Aubrey’s life, and she decided to make the 10-hour drive from Witchita Falls to Benavides, Texas to give Monique the surprise of a lifetime.

“I knew Monique was probably going to be very emotional, very excited, and a little sad,”said Aubrey. “It’s not her brother, it’s somebody else. But I knew that it was a really good thing for us to meet.”

Aubrey stood outside and waited patiently for the big moment. Melissa was caught up in preparing for the party, but when she saw the young girl holding her son’s heart, she immediately melted and gave her the biggest hug.

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“I felt a connection to her right away,” said Melissa, as she squeezed Aubrey tight and drew close to her chest to hear her son’s beating heart.

Monique shared an equally emotional moment with Aubrey just moments after her mother.

“Meeting Aubrey was like no other surprise,” she said. “It was a very special and amazing gift that no one else could give me. I knew I couldn’t have my brother there physically, but I had Aubrey, and he was there in her.”

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Though the reunion was a decade in the making, Melissa knew she had made the right choice to bring Aubrey into their lives. She provided the healing touch they so desperately needed. The family was even surprised to learn how much the 18-year-old had in common with Mikey. They shared so many passions, it was absolutely uncanny!

“I had noticed some changes in my personality after my operation, and the more I heard … this is not coincidental,” said Aubrey. “He loved dogs, I love dogs. He loved Batman, I love Batman. This is the pure compatibility of having this heart.”

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