Ashley Paine's Heart Transplanted To Another 12 Year Old East Tennessee Girl

By: Kim Bedford
By: Kim Bedford

Oak Ridge (WVLT) -- As an Oak Ridge family is still mourning the loss of 12 year old Ashley Paine, who died over the weekend following a bus accident.

Meanwhile, the family of Jordan Hensley who lives less than 30 miles away is rejoicing.

Jordan received the gift of life in Ashley's death.

The Hensley family says this couldn't be anything else but God's plan.

Jordan Hensley of Kingston who is also 12 was born with congenitally corrected transposition, a condition that means her heart was basically backward.

The day Ashley was killed, Jordan was in a Vanderbilt Hospital bed waiting and praying for a perfect match to give her a heart transplant.

"Her aorta, her pulmonary and both ventricles were switched," said Jessica Hensley, Jordan’s mother.

Jordan had her first open heart surgery at seven years old and this October doctors found her heart function suddenly getting worse.

"When they went in to do the heart cath, they said they had to stop because her heart was just in such poor shape that they were afraid it might kill her," Jessica said.

She put Jordan on prayer lists for a heart transplant across the country and says it worked.

"On October 30th she got listed on the National Registry for Transplants," said Jessica.

Nine days later, Ashley Paine was hit by a school bus in Oak Ridge and died on Sunday.

Jordan’s mother read about the incident in the paper over the weekend.

"It never once crossed my mind about my daughter's heart, because as a mother I was grieving for that mother," said Jessica

Less than less than 24 hours later, Jessica received a phone call from Jordan at Vanderbilt Hospital that she say’s she'll never forget.

"One o'clock the phone rings and Jordan said, ‘Momma they got me a heart,’” said Jessica Hensley, Jordan’s mother. “I said, ‘what’ and she said ‘yes, I'm so happy and the doctor is about to call you!’"

On Monday, Jordan went through her heart transplant with flying colors.

"She said, ‘Momma, I feel so good,’” Jessica said. “My daughter has never, ever in her life told me that she feels good."

Jessica then asked her doctor whose heart it was that saved her daughter's life...

"The only thing she could tell me is it came from a 12 year old girl here in Tennessee and not far away," she said.

Turned out to be less than 30 miles apart, from Oak Ridge to Kingston.

12 year old Ashley Paine gave her heart to Jordan Hensley...

"It just broke my heart,” Jessica said. “I was very happy for my daughter, but my heart just ached for that family."

Jessica spoke to Ashley's mother for the first time on Tuesday night.

“I just told her I am so thankful for what her family did for ours and I wish there was something I could do for her," she said.

A part of Ashley now forever lives in Jordan.

"I believe everybody here has a purpose and I think that Ashley's purpose was to help others," Jessica said.

Jordan’s mom will be attending Ashley's funeral on Thursday and meeting her mother.

Ashley's mother says she wants to meet Jordan when she gets out of the hospital, that's expected to happen by Christmas.

WVLT will have a crew in Nashville on Thursday and we will bring you much more on this heart warming story.


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  • by Bridgette Location: Rockdale on Jul 19, 2008 at 05:52 PM
    Jordan is my cousin!! We had her on our prayer request list at Church and it worked!!! I love her so much!! And am truley thankful to be in her family!!!
  • by cailee Location: kingston on Nov 16, 2007 at 07:56 PM
    i am soooo happy for you jordan!!!! i have been sitting at home crying teas of joy for you!!! on the other hand i am praying for the paine family and david!! you guys are at the top of my payer list!
  • by Bailey Location: Booth on Nov 16, 2007 at 06:03 PM
    Hey guys i went to school with jordon and she is a great girl and i want everyone u know to pray for her.
  • by Stella Location: OH on Nov 16, 2007 at 11:46 AM
    What a great story. My prayers go out to both the the Paine and Hensley familys. I pray for Jordan's recovery and for what the future now holds for her. The Paine family is very special and because of their unselfish act, others will have new life. God Bless all of you.
  • by Mary Location: TN on Nov 15, 2007 at 04:50 PM
    You must both be so proud of your daugters! What brave girls. I think this demonstrates the true meaning of love and kindness in people. How caring for a family to to be so giving in such a time of tragety. How wonderful that Jordan is recovering so well! What a blessing to the Hensley family. My prayers go out to both families. I personally know Jordan and I am very excited to see that she will now be able to enjoy her life. Thank you, Paine family!
  • by sydney Location: Kingston, TN on Nov 14, 2007 at 09:06 PM
    I personal know Jordan I thought about ging around the world telling that Jordan got a the heart. I know all of CMS(cherokee middle school, the school that Jordan went to)were bringing in dimes, pennies, dollars,ect. for the Hensley family.i know that Ashley's family are in a vey sad moment they can be happy for Jordan at the same time. So everyone Jordan knows and everyone I know are probally praying for Ashley's family and and for Jordan, so please pray for Ashley's family and Jordan's family. BYE!!!!!!!!!
  • by kristi Location: kodak, tn on Nov 14, 2007 at 08:31 PM
    never underestimate the power of God! a blessing coming from a tragedy. praying for both families...
  • by barb Location: ohio on Nov 14, 2007 at 06:50 PM
    My prayers are with both Moms. How hard to mourn the death of a child while another is rejoicing in the gift of life that she has been given. God bless them both.I pray for a safe recovery for Jordan and pray that Ashleys family is wrapped in Gods grace and can find comfort in this time of tragedy.

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