Nurse Adopts Man With Autism To Save His Life

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One woman from Georgia performed a selfless act in order to save a man’s life. She said it was God’s calling that she step in and help.

Lori Wood, an ICU nurse at Piedmont Newman Hospital, went above and beyond her duty when she decided to adopt a grown man who needed a life-saving heart transplant. Jonathan Pinkard fell ill in 2018 and was told by doctors that to qualify for the transplant, he needed a support system in place after the operation recovery.

In a Facebook post, Pinkard, who is on the autism spectrum, said he practically didn’t have anyone since his mother is in a rehab facility and can’t do much. He was born and raised with his grandmother who died in 2012. The 27-year old was at a loss at what to do until Wood, who was assigned to care for him in the ICU, decided to become his legal guardian two days after they met.

“At some point, you know, God places people in situations in your life and you have a choice to do something about it. I guess for me, with this situation, there was no choice. I had a room, I was a nurse, I could take care of him. It wasn’t really anything I struggled about. It was just something that had to happen. He had to come home with me,” the 57-year-old nurse said in the video.

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Wood realized the gravity of Pinkard’s situation and so offered to take care of him during his post-operation recovery. Since his transplant in August, he has moved in with her and she helps him take 34 pills a day and drives him to his medical appointments. Wood also hopes to teach Pinkard how to live independently.

The nurse said it “was a no-brainer” since the man would have died without the transplant. Now the two have bonded over “Family Feud” where they sit on their respective chairs. Wood also treats Pinkard as one of her sons and calls him “very loving.”

“It’s kind of emotional, but at the same time, this has been a life journey for me. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be the person I am today,” Pinkard said.

Wood saved a life with her selfless act. Without hesitating, she gave Pinkard a new lease at life.