ABC News | Carrie Gann
The Houston-area residents met and fell in love last year while both were in the hospital. Thibodeaux was recovering from her second heart transplant, and Merecka had just received an artificial heart.
"We had heard about each other, but never met because neither of us could really get out of bed," Merecka said. "But our nurses all said we should meet."
Both had been in and out of the hospital for several months when Merecka was finally able to visit Thibodeaux's room, dragging the 400-pound console he needed to run his artificial heart.
"We just said hello. I was really timid, and so was she," Merecka said.
"I think we mutually agree that it was an awkward first meeting," Thibodeaux said.
But their friendship bloomed into a romance as Merecka was waiting for a heart, being kept alive by the artificial one he had to connect to a backpack full of batteries. Thibodeaux would visit him after her regular appointments at the hospital's cardiac cath lab, where doctors checked to see how her body was responding to her new heart.
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