A father whose son was killed in a car accident and donated seven of his organs to five people, has heard his son's heart beat again.

Grieving Jordan Spahn's son Matthew was hit by a car in October 2018, and the 21-year-old's family discovered he was a registered organ donor.

Matthew’s heart was given to Kristi Russ who had suffered a massive heart attack in 2016 and had chronic heart failure.

Jordan, a father-of-eight from Houston, Texas, tragically lost 24-year-old son Jonah in another car accident just four months later.

Speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle Jordan said: “Having someone get his heart was important to me — he was a state-qualified runner and I thought someone deserved the heart of a champion."

Matthew Spahn and his dad Jordan

And he was excited to meet Kristi after she reached out to the family in a letter.

“I teared up and when we hugged, I could feel Matthew in that embrace."

But he was shocked when Kristi had a stethoscope so he could hear his son's heart beating.

She told him: "When it’s quiet at night, you can hear it without the stethoscope," and Jordan replied: "He’s out there, running laps."

Before receiving Matthew's heart Kristi's own was functioning on less than 10 per cent.

She said: "One night, I was watching TV with my husband Ron and heard a voice that wasn’t his, saying, ‘Hold on for 10 more days.

“I think it was my father who passed away in 2013.”

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Ten days later she was advised a heart was available, and all she knew was that it was from a man in his 20s.

Jordan added: “Sometimes the recipients have survivor’s guilt knowing that someone had to die for them to live.

“But we were more than willing to talk to someone who received Matthew’s organs.”