When Jonathan Pinkard, a 27-year-old american man with autism, was deleted from the list of candidates to get a heart transplant, was all the hope that he would survive, disappeared.
Until he met Lori Wood, who is a nurse at Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Georgia, during a hospitalization in december 2018.
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Jonathan was very ill, but he was not qualified for a transplant, because he didn't have a network. One of the requirements is that you have someone who can care for a subsequent, says the 57-year-old nurse and singlemor to Today Health.
waiting lists to get donated a new organ is long in the UNITED states, and patients are therefore evaluated in order to ensure that they are responsible enough to take care of themselves and take the necessary drugs after the transplant.
- They are looking at such thing as whether one shows up to his doctor's appointments and do what the doctor says. If one receives a transplant and not taking his medication, so if you lose it, " said Anne Paschke, who is spokesman for the United Network for Organ Sharing, to Today Health.
34 pills a day
Jonathan Pinkard had been hospitalized with heart several times, and several times he was printed to a mandeherberg, since he had other places to go.
But after having known the 27-year-old hjertesyge man in a few days, Lori Wood is not in doubt. So she asked him if she could become his guardian.
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- I had to help him. It was a no-brainer. He would have died without the transplant.
So, after having received his new heart in august, moved Jonathan Pinkard check with Lori Wood. And even if they did not know each other beforehand, they soon found out that they have a common passion for quizzing and football.
- Jonathan has his chair, and I have my chair. We love gameshows and giving each other highfive, when we respond correctly. He is very loving, tells Lori Wood, who each day makes sure that Jonathan Pinkard have taken all of his 34 pills. She runs him forward and back, when he must to the doctor and teach him some of the important things, he must be able in the future to live an independent life.
She treats me like one of his sons. I'm really grateful for, he said to Today Health.