Iranian Man Donates His Heart to 6 Americans, Announces OneLegacy

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After a sudden epileptic seizure, Iranian national Hamed (Matt) Moghim donated his heart to save the lives of 6 fellow Americans despite the economic distress of family and friends in Iran as a result of U.S.-led sanctions.

His heart saved lives. His guitar may bring peace.

According to OneLegacy a non-profit organ donation firm, two weeks ago, after a sudden epileptic seizure, Iranian national Hamed (Matt) Moghim donated his heart to save the lives of 6 fellow Americans.

His heart was harvested in parts: four valves, aortic arch, aortic root, pericardium. All are transplant-able. By doing it this way, many more lives were saved than had the entire heart been given to one person.

Hamed grew up in Tehran. His father holds a Ph.D. in computer science and served in the Iranian military from 1965, under the Shah, until 1996.

In 1996, Hamed’s American born brother, Kaz Moghim moved to America. Once financially established, Kaz brought his family to the U.S. Hamed immigrated in 2005, attracted by the American ways and social freedoms.

After 1979 Iranian revolution, the new rulers banned western music and instituted religious restrictions—e.g., men and women were not allowed to dance or swim with each other. These restrictions resulted in a “brain drain,” with accomplished people and talented youths—such as Hamed, a Flamenco guitar teacher by age 14 and founder of WebLinksBiz , and Kaz, founder of and a serial entrepreneur—leaving the country to relocate in the U.S.

Over the years, he’d kept in regular touch with friends in Iran. He was concerned about their wellbeing, particularly in recent years. The harsh effects of U.S.-led sanctions devalued the Iranian national currency, now only 1/3 of its former worth.

Like his peers in the Iranian Diaspora, Hamed loved both America and Iran. He did not want a nuclear-capable Iran threatening his homeland of America with an atomic bomb. Yet he wanted social and economic freedom for his family and friends in the Iranian Motherland.

When President Obama was reelected, he was ecstatic. The Administration planned to start talks with Iran over nuclear sanctions. Hamed hoped that a resolution to the nuclear standoff would give his friends a better quality of life, and they’d finally experience the social and economic freedoms he’d enjoyed in the seven years he’d lived in the U.S.

On November 16, a seizure ended Hamed’s life. He’d suffered from Epilepsy since age 15, but he had not had a seizure in 2 years and seemed in perfect health. Twelve days before his death, Hamed had told his girlfriend of 2 years, Kimberly Karen, that, should he die, he wished to be buried in Iran. A few months earlier, he’d told his brother Kaz that he wished to donate his organs. It was as if he knew he’d soon leave this world.

Before his journey home to Iran, Hamed gave the gift of his heart to 6 fellow Americans. By donating his heart in parts more lives could be saved. With this selfless gesture, he sends a plea for peace and freedom for all—Americans and Iranians—and the hope of resolving issues between two countries, bringing a better life to his friends back home.

Kaz Moghim hopes President Obama will agree to sign Hamed’s guitar, which Kaz plans to sell at a charity auction with funds to be donated to the Epilepsy Foundation. The guitar has been labeled the Guitar for Peace;

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