Heart recipient to honor California student's bucket list

CHICO, CA - A 21-year-old California student who was killed by an alleged drunk driver in September will have her legacy live on.

Kristina Chesterman, a nursing student at Chico State University, was declared brain dead days after she was struck while riding her bike home from campus.

According to ABC News , Chesterman was an organ donor; 64-year-old Susan Vieira, a retired nurse in Campbell, Calif. received her heart.

Organ donors and recipients are anonymous to each other for six months so Vieira didn’t know who the donor was, ABC News said.  

After Chesterman died, her mother Sandra was cleaning out Kristina’s apartment and found a bucket list.

A story in the San Jose Mercury News was released about the 21-year-old and her bucket list, sparking Sandra's hope to meet the person who received her daughter’s heart.

Sandra Chesterman and Vieira were able to connect and agreed to meet in person weeks after the story was published.

"Hugging Vieira was especially important to Sandra Chesterman because she could feel her daughter’s heartbeat,” the ABC News report said.

"It just felt so good to be close to Kristina’s heart," she told ABC News.

Viera now wants to honor Kristina and complete her bucket list. She has already crossed off several items -- learning to ride a camel and fly a plane.

“I’d like to think all the things I continue to accomplish in my life, I’m taking Kristina with me,” she said. “Together, we will finish her bucket list."

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