While this is a time of happiness for him, there is also a sense of uncertainty nagging at the Nobles family.
Nobles, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy, received a heart transplant as a 17-year-old boy and now, 12 years later, he’s in need of another transplant.
“I mean, it is scary, but you have to keep on going and hope for the best,” Nobles said. “I have kids to raise and I want to be here for that.”
Back in February, the 29-year-old deputy began to experience some chest pain. When he went in to his cardiologist he was told he had transplant coronary artery disease, a common ailment among heart transplant recipients.
In an effort to keep his heart healthy, Nobles has undergone four stint surgeries in the last year and a half.
Through that time, he continued to work as a deputy at the Hesperia station, even taking on taggers when he and Deputy Jeremy Snyder worked as part of the station’s Tagging Task Force. But a few weeks ago, the symptoms became more intense and he had to be transferred back to the jails.
“The bottom line is I need a new heart,” Nobles said.
He is one of 111,799 people nationally on the transplant waiting list and is currently classified as a critical patient. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, there are three levels to the waiting list. Grave patients take top priority, then critical patients and finally all others.
Usually a very private person, Nobles decided to go public with his health situation to bring light to the need of organ donors.