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May 9, 2014

Jacksonville man seeks funds for heart transplant

JACKSONVILLE — Paula Woods’ plea to Jacksonville area residents: Help keep my husband alive.

“We have always lived in Jacksonville, but have never made ourselves very known here,” Paula said in an email to the Daily Progress. “Just helping others when we could through the years. Well, now it's us that need help.”

David Woods, Paula's husband, needs a heart transplant to survive, doctors say. David is undergoing evaluations to be added to the national transplant and to see if he is a candidate for a left-ventricular assist device (a bridge to transplantation to help the heart function.)

However, these procedures cost a substantial amount of money, and time is not unlimited. David's page on the National Foundation for Transplants website, shows that he has raised almost $1,800 of a $25,000 goal.

“He is in desperate need of prayer and financial assistance,” Paula said.

Paula and David have been married for a year, but between the two of them they have four children and four grandchildren … and the family is “scared and worry about what the future holds.”

David was a concrete finisher for 40 years, but his health no longer allows him to work, adding to the financial strain, Paula said.

And even after the transplant, David will need a lifetime of follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications – all essential to his survival.

Plus, when he receives his transplant, David and Paula must temporarily relocate 120 miles from Jacksonville to be nearer to the hospital for at least two months during recovery.

Paula said the medical condition began when David had a massive heart attack after a stint placement in December 2012.

“We have been on an insane road since then … we are (now) waiting on a new heart,” Paula said.

To send a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of David, visit www.transplants.org and click on “Find a patient” until you come to a window where you can type in David's name.

If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Texas Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write “In honor of David Woods” on the memo line.

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