Woman gets new heart from recipient; meets donor’s family

CHARLOTTE — A woman who received a new heart met the parents of the donor whose life ended in a violent home invasion in 2017.

Monday would have been Josh Schulman’s 31st birthday.

There was not a dry eye in the room for the meeting in west Charlotte.

Larry Schulman and Andrea Domingue spent the day celebrating their son’s birthday and Gloria Lindsay, the heart recipient.

“I really wanted to meet them and just to let them hear his heartbeat,” said Lindsay, who had heart failure. “Just to let them know that a part of him is still alive.”


The grieving parents lost their son but have found comfort in knowing his heart never stopped beating.

“He’s kicking,” Lindsay said. “Not physically, but spiritually.

Both families started the day as strangers and connected like fast friends.

“We’ve been hoping for this for a long time,” Dominique said.

They now describe one another as extended family.

Detectives said armed suspects broke into the family’s home on Outer Bridge Lane off Providence Road. They shot Josh before brutally beating his father, Larry.

Josh’s family is still looking for closure.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say his killer is still out there.

CMPD said it doesn’t have updates to provide publicly.

Detectives said Josh’s case is not a cold case

“We continue to leverage the latest tools and investigative techniques to try to get closure for Josh’s family,” CMPD said.

There is a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.