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Young Couple Finds Love
Through Heart Transplants

ABC Houston
Texas Children’s Hospital

April 20, 2012 - A Houston hospital is the last place you'd expect to find love. But, it actually happened to two young people who were waiting for heart transplants at the same time. 

Linda Thibodeaux and Jordan Merecka like watching alligator shows, and they like to cook. Linda said, "I do things my way and he does things his way, but somehow we seem to work together."

And they both have ... new hearts.

Jordan said, "She got her transplant May 11 and I got SynCardia May 22."

Their romance began when in a hospital. They were waiting for heart transplants at the same time. When a heart became available last May, it matched Linda. To keep Jordan alive, Texas Children's surgeons gave him the new artificial heart.

 

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