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July 15, 2014

Jacksonville man recovering after life-saving transplant

JACKSONVILLE — A Jacksonville man is on the road to recovery after a life-saving heart transplant, according to his wife.

On July 2, David Woods received a new heart from an unknown donor. The surgery took about six hours, and he remained in the intensive care unit for four days afterwards, said his wife, Paula Woods.

Although David was released July 11 from St. Paul Southwestern University Hospital, he and Paula will remain in the Dallas area for the next six to eight weeks, per doctors’ orders.

The couple is thrilled for the opportunity to receive a donated heart.

“We have not been told anything about our donor, but we are both eternally grateful to whomever it was that gave David this second chance,” Paula said. “God has truly blessed us in abundance!”

David also broke the hospital record for fastest patient to wake from anesthesia, eat and walk; according to Paula, her husband was up walking within 30 hours of surgery.

“He is doing awesome,” she said.

Woods was first mentioned in a Daily Progress article published May 9.

The medical condition began when David had a massive heart attack after a stint placement in December 2012, and doctors told the couple a heart transplant was needed for him to survive.

He was admitted to the hospital June 6, and stayed in CVICU until his transplant 26 days later.

David will undergo intensive cardiac rehab program while recovering. Paula said if a transplant patient starts rejecting a new heart, most times doctors can catch it even before any symptoms appear.

In the meantime, the couple is now challenged in raising enough funds to pay for accommodations while they remain in Dallas until David is cleared to come home; this stay can be expensive, they said.

Donations may be sent during the next six weeks to the Woods Family at 915 Desco Lane, Grand Prairie, TX 75051, or to the couple's home address, 1027 E. Loop 456 #510, Jacksonville TX 75766.

To send a tax-deductible donation to NFT Texas Transplant Fund 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.

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