Her son and the man whose life he saved share the name Greg.
She may not be a doctor, but this woman had a good reason to use a stethoscope, listening to her son's heart beat inside the chest of another man.
Anna Ricks broke down in tears as she pressed the device against Greg Robbins' chest. The reason for the odd incident is because Anna Ricks’ late son’s heart is beating inside Greg Robbins’ chest.
Her son Greg Ricks, a father of three, was left brain dead after a car accident late last year.
After learning he couldn't be saved, his grief-stricken mother decided to allow his heart to be used for a transplant.
“I said, ‘My Greg had such a big beautiful heart," she told Inside Edition. "I think I want to donate that.'"
Robbins, 48, had suffered a recent heart attack and Greg Ricks proved to be a perfect medical match.
Robbins is now well on his way to a full recovery. He's resumed teaching Sunday school at his church outside Raleigh, N.C.
After his surgery, Anna asked to meet him. Robbins was happy to.
“I said, ‘I definitely want to meet you and I hope it can be pretty soon,'" he recalled to Inside Edition.
At their long-awaited meeting, Anna took a stethoscope and listened to her son’s heart inside his chest. Her grandchildren then got the opportunity to listen to their late father's heartbeat.
Anna and Robbins got together again over last weekend, and she again listened to her son's heartbeat.
“I hear you, baby — I hear you,” she emotionally recalled saying. “It reminds me of the first time, when I was carrying him, and I went to the doctor's and heard his heartbeat. My son's alive."
Anna and her family were guests of honor at Greg’s house of worship, The Willard Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church.
There was a whole congregation full of gratitude to Anna, and her beloved son who gave the gift of life.
She instructed Robinson to “take good care” of her son’s heart. He promised he would.