Local family reunites with daughter's heart recipient

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A little Wichita girl was electrocuted at Towne West mall a couple years ago. Now, how her family is honoring her with a special guest. 

"She was 15 months old and she was electrocuted with 290 volts of electricity at the carnival at Towne West," says Mary Ellen Babcock, Pressley Bartonek's grandma. 

Pressley's parents were faced with the most difficult decision, donating her organs. Abel Falcon Protiva went into heart failure at one month old and Pressley's heart saved his life. 

"So Abel was born with HLHS, hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He was essentially born with half a heart. "Their gift of life saved Abel's. He was days away from not surviving," says Wendy Wees, Abel Falcon Protiva's mom. 

Now, Pressley's family hosts a car show every year in her honor. Raising safety awareness and money for organizations that helped her. This year, Abel was there. 

"We have a very special guest this year. His name is Abel, he was my granddaughter's heart recipient," says Patrick Babcock, Pressley's grandpa. 

The two families met just a year ago, and have became one. "You could tell that Pressley was inside him and still wanted to live on," says Wees. 

Over 20 units of blood were donated at the event Saturday night and Pressley's family says they'll continue to host a car show every year around this time. If you would like to reach out to Pressley's family, you can email her grandpa at PatBabcok@Yahoo.com. 

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