Dallas Wiens Gets Married on Saturday

By Elvira Sakmari and Scott Gordon
|  Sunday, Mar 31, 2013  |  Updated 8:44 AM CDT
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A North Texas man who received a face transplant after he was disfigured in a construction accident got married Saturday in Fort Worth.

Amanda Guerra, NBC 5 News

A North Texas man who received a face transplant after he was disfigured in a construction accident got married Saturday in Fort Worth.

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Dallas Wiens and Jamie Nash to Wed

Dallas Wiens will marry Jamie Nash in Fort Worth on Saturday, the couple met in a support group at Parkland Hospital, where both were being treated.
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On Saturday, the North Texas man who was one of the first Americans to receive a full face transplant married another burn patient he met at a support group.

Dallas Wiens, of Fort Worth, was severely injured in a bizarre construction accident in 2008 when he came in contact with a high-voltage power line.

Jamie Nash, of Garland, nearly died in a car crash in Ennis in 2010. Her car erupted in flames, and she was trapped. She was severely burned on her hands, back and legs.

The couple became engaged last fall after meeting at a support group for burn patients.

Wiens and Nash exchanged vows Saturday morning at the Fort Worth church where Wiens was working when he was injured.

Pastor Scott Cox said Saturday about 200 people attended the wedding at Ridglea Baptist Church. Cox said the couple told him they believe God brought them together

The couple celebrated with a reception in downtown Fort Worth at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. They invited their doctors and nurses are invited.

Relationship Built on Hope

The couple met in a support group at Parkland Hospital, where both were being treated.

"I was drawn to him. I just had to meet him," Nash said in November. "I just looked at him from across the room, and there was something about him."

Wiens said he wasn't interested -- at first.

"I had sworn off love and relationships," he said. "I had no desire to be in one whatsoever."

Then, on Christmas Eve, they talked all night and set up a date.

"We went to dinner and a movie, and that's all she wrote," he said.

The two said they have been together every day since.

"I told him it's got to be love, because I'm not sick of you," Nash joked. "I know I've never felt more real than this."

The couple plans to put their pasts behind them.

"There's no reason to dwell on the past," he said.

"It's dead and gone," she added. "It burned in the fire."

They said they make the perfect couple and help balance each other.

Her hands, for example, were severely injured in her accident. His are fine.

She can see. He lost his eyesight in the accident.

"It's a story of hope, a story of true survivors," Nash said. "I mean, if we can do it, I guarantee you, anybody out there -- we all have a story. We're all going through something. And I want to give everybody hope."


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