Newnan, Georgia (CBS) — During her 35 years as a nurse, Lori Wood has been a hero many times over. When Jonathan Pinkard met Lori, he was homeless.

"If I wasn't staying at a shelter, I was staying in my car," he said.

Jonathan has autism. He was raised by his grandma, but she died a few years ago and there was no one else. Then, to add illness to injury, doctors at Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Georgia told Jonathan he had heart failure at the age of 26. It was so bad he actually needed a heart transplant, or else he was told he had six months to live.

Part of the problem is you can't get a new heart — can't even get on the transplant list — if you don't have a home, or some kind of support system to help you post-surgery. Since Jonathan has no family to speak of, his fate was sealed – basically death by loneliness.

"I mean that just doesn't seem right. Doesn't seem fair," Lori said.

Although there was nothing Lori could do as a nurse, she decided there was something she could do as a mom.

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