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Nurse Meets Man With Autism Who’s ‘Unsuitable’ For Lifesaving Heart Transplant So She Adopts Him

by Amy Paige
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When Jonathan Pinkard fell at work and hurt himself, he was taken to Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Newnan, Georgia.

There, the 27-year-old man who has autism was told he needed a heart transplant.

The only problem? He wasn’t even eligible.

Jonathan was very ill, but he was deemed unsuitable for a transplant because he had no support system. In order to get approved, he’d need the right post-transplant care in place. His medications had to be monitored, and doctor appointments had to be made.

However, Jonathan didn’t have the skills to do those things himself, or live independently in general; his grandmother had died in 2012, and his mother was in rehab.

But everything changed in December 2018 when an ICU nurse named Lori Wood was assigned to Jonathan’s case.

Lori was so frustrated with the fact that Jonathan needed a new heart, but it seemed no one was willing or able to help him.

“At some point, God places people in situations in your life, and you have the choice to do something about it,” she told CBS. “And I guess for me with this situation there was no choice.”

Just two days after meeting Jonathan for the first time, Lori approached him with an offer he never saw coming.

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