A taxi cab company had a heart.

Yellow Cab of Iowa City had to keep a human heart, en route to a tissue processing company in Atlanta, at its dispatch office after an airline refused to keep it overnight at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids.

Officials from Aeropoint Delivery Solutions of Marietta, Ga., told the cab company that ice in the packaging would keep the heart intact, according to Yellow Cab general manager Sean Genell.

"It's always interesting down here," Genell said. "We see a lot of strange stuff, but for us, it was a box, it was a delivery."

Pam Hinman, an airport spokeswoman, said the heart did go out Tuesday morning as scheduled on Comair.

But she said it wasn't initially accepted because the airline "does not have the appropriate facilities to store it" and it also doesn't "want to accept liability for a heart or any other package."