Heartbeat in a Bottle

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WCNC) - Nurses at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina are doing something they hope will benefit people grieving for their loved ones.

Danny wears his wife's final heartbeat around his neck. (Photo Courtesy: NBC)

It's called Heartbeat in a Bottle.

Danny Haulk still struggles to talk about his wife of 31 years.

"Just happy, real happy. I haven't recovered, I'm still working through this," Danny said.

A nurse for her entire adult life, she died in December after a three-year battle with cancer.

"Oh boy, she was everything to me," Danny said.

He still has a piece of her with him always, thanks to a young nurse at CMC.

"I didn't realize how impactful it could be," says Nurse Careis Mitchell.

Mitchell made it for Danny. It's called a Heartbeat in a Bottle - a patient's last heartbeat printed out.

Danny wears his wife's around his neck.

"We're beating together, were still beating together..Were together in spirit and soul mate, and I love her very much," Danny said.

A few of the nurses at CMC have quietly done it over the years for loved ones of a few hundred patients, but have recently realized they should do it as often as they can.

"To hear that it's a part of his every day life, it's a beautiful thing to me," Mitchell said.

"Its just a fabulous thing to have, and I'll cherish it forever," Danny said.

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