Teenagers Linda and Jordan had been waiting for heart transplants at the Children’s Hospital in Texas. They received their transplants in the same month last year – hers from a donor – his, an artificial heart. Because the Children’s Hospital was the first paediatric hospital to have implanted an artificial heart in the US, Jordan became a poster child for the procedure and received national media attention.
Their nurses and physical therapists later thought it would be a great idea if the teens met, possibly not knowing romance would blossom – or maybe they knew all along and wanted to play matchmaker.
Once Linda and Jordan got over the initial awkwardness of meeting for the first time, they soon found they had lots in common, including their experiences with transplant and surgery.
“I’d never met anyone my age who was going through pretty much the same exact thing,” she said. “It was really nice to have someone to talk to who understood what I was going through,” Jordan voiced in agreement.
Five months’ later, Jordan received the donor heart he desperately needed. As they both nursed themselves back to health, their friendship began to grow into something more, and the rest is history.
Ever grateful to the donation of a new heart, a new life, of a future, the teens give back by taking part in organ donor campaigns.
They do make a sweet couple. Here’s to their continued health.