Life with autism can be difficult but there are also people with hearts of gold who show compassion for those in need.
Jonathan Pinkard is a 27-year-old man with autism who needed a heart transplant. As reported by Today, he was taken off the transplant list because his evaluation showed that he had no support system behind him. Transplants require an evaluation of the patient which includes their ability to support themselves and to be able to follow up with the required procedures so that they are able to protect themselves after the transplant.
Pinkard, on the other hand, faced several difficulties. He had autism and nobody to support him as he often went from hospital to shelter homes between his treatments. It was sheer fortunate that Lori Wood, an ICU nurse at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Georgia was assigned to him. Wood, a single-mom herself, decided to ask Pinkard, after knowing him for two days only if he would like her to be his legal guardian. He agreed and they completed the formalities.
Lori Wood told Today: "I had to help him. It was a no-brainer. He would have died without the transplant." The Piedmont Hospital awarded Lori with 'The President’s Award' for going above and beyond her duty.
The hospital posted on Facebook: "The President’s Award is the culminating event of Piedmont’s Promise 360 employee recognition program that awards deserving employees who go above and beyond for patients, visitors or their co-workers. Nominees to the President’s Award include one Promise 360 Champion and two Spotlight winners who represent each Piedmont hospital and entity. The 2018-2019 winner is Lorinda (Lori) Wood, staff RN, PACU from Piedmont Newnan Hospital."