This emotional meeting in August, when April Beaver got to hear her late son's heart beating on in the chest of Dr. Chuck Shelton, touched people around the world. Now, their story will be featured on the Fuji Network in Tokyo.
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SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) -
A story that first touched hearts right here in South Mississippi is about to be featured on the Fuji Network in Tokyo proving that love is a universal language.
On Wednesday night, a network crew from Japan came to Saucier to meet and interview April and Owen Beaver. They are Caleb Beaver's parents, who got to hear their precious son's heartbeat once again, eight months after his untimely death.
Standing in the Beaver's living room in Saucier, Mitsu Inouye of the Fuji Network said, "So this is a show introducing a lot of those footage, that incredible footage from all over the world."
WLOX's August 16, 2012 story on the Beaver family of Saucier captured Japanese Network Journalist Mitsu Inouye's attention. He was touched by April and Owen Beaver's gift of organ donation and the incredibly moving moment at the Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport, when they met the man who received their teenage son's heart.
A very grateful Dr. Chuck Shelton of Kentucky came back to the coast to be interviewed for the Fuji Network's 30 minute special. He said he's honored to advocate for organ donation.
"I never imagined that it would go viral, basically," Dr. Shelton said. "After your station aired the story, it was aired on other networks. I looked on the Internet and I saw the story in about eight or nine different languages, so this is just fascinating."
Fifteen million people will watch this network show out of Tokyo on the one year anniversary of Caleb's death.
Through a translator, Mitsu Inouye said, "It will be aired Christmas Day as a Christmas special and will prove we are touching many people, too."
This young Saucier family with incredible faith never dreamed their personal tragedy would become a message of organ donation for the whole world to hear.
With her loving husband Owen's arms wrapped around her, April Beaver said, "It's just all over. I never imagined, ever. Caleb always wanted to travel the world, and now he is."
And Dr. Shelton is thankful for the gift of every new day, and even more thankful for the family who gave it to him through one powerful, selfless act.
Dr. Shelton said to the five man Japanese television crew, "Giving the country of Japan more information and knowledge about organ donation and what it can do and how it can save lives, thank you."
The Fuji Network crew asked this grieving mother to look at the camera as if she was speaking to her first born baby boy. With tears in her eyes, she said with conviction "I love you and I miss you and I'll see you again soon."
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