KYTX CBS 29 Tyler Longview
A member of the transplant team called on New Year's Eve, as Barnes was preparing for a dinner party.
"Anna called and said you're not going to get to eat any of that food because we have a heart for you," recalled Barnes.
Within about two hours the 71-year-old woman was in the operating room.
"There's no hard and fast rule on age to transplants," said Dr. Todd Dewey, who performed the surgery. "There used to be this sort of phenomenon, if you're over the age of 65 then we wouldn't transplant you. That's really a sort of mythical number. Everybody's different."