By: Kat Harlton
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Aimee Teegarden (“Friday Night Lights,” “Notorious”) and Brett Dalton (“Cooking with Love,” “Agents of Shield”) star in “Once Upon a Christmas Miracle” a new original premiering Sunday, December 2 (9 p.m. ET/PT) on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries as part of the network’s annual “Miracles of Christmas” programming event.
About The Movie:
This holiday romance is based on the incredible true story about organ donor Chris Dempsey and recipient Heather Krueger, who were brought into one another’s lives by a transplant surgery that led to a miraculous romance. When Heather Krueger (Teegarden) receives a serious medical diagnosis before the holidays, she and her family begin the urgent search for a donor for Heather’s life-saving liver transplant. Heather faces incredible odds against finding a match but tries to enjoy her family’s annual holiday traditions as they wait for a miracle.
When Chris Dempsey (Dalton) hears about her story, he selflessly gets tested and discovers he is a match. After talking through his decision with his mother, Judy (Lolita Davidovich, “Shades of Blue,”), Chris volunteers to donate half of his liver to give Heather a new lease on life, despite being a complete stranger. As Heather and Chris get to know one another and each other’s families before and after the transplant, they form a deep connection and begin to wonder if the closeness they feel goes beyond the special connection between organ donor and recipient. While they will always be in each other’s lives, the two must decide if Chris’ selfless act was actually the beginning of a beautiful true love story.