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Nurse Adopts Autistic Man So He Can Have Heart Transplant

"I had to help him. It was a no-brainer... He would have died without the transplant."

Culture Beat · Nov. 5, 2019

“When Jonathan Pickard, a 27-year-old man with autism, was taken off the heart transplant list, all hope for his survival was gone. Then, Pickard found Lori Wood.”

“Wood, an ICU nurse at Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Georgia, was assigned to Pickard in December 2018.”

“‘Jonathan was very sick, but he wasn’t eligible for a transplant because he didn’t have a support system,’ Wood, 57, told TODAY Health. ‘One of the requirements is that you have someone to care for you afterwards.’”

“Because there are so many people on waiting lists for donated organs, before receiving a transplant patients are evaluated to make sure they are responsible enough to protect their health, including taking anti-rejection medications, if they receive one.”

Read more at Today.

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