When Jonathan Pickard, a 27-year-old man with autism, was taken off the heart transplant list, all hope for his survival was gone.

Then, Pickard found Lori Wood.

Wood, an ICU nurse at Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Georgia, was assigned to Pickard in December 2018.

“Jonathan was very sick, but he wasn’t eligible for a transplant because he didn’t have a support system,” Wood, 57, told TODAY Health. "One of the requirements is that you have someone to care for you afterwards."

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