Two Burn Patients, One Love Story

Man who received face transplant engaged to another burn patient

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    Dallas Wiens, who received a full face transplant, is engaged to Jamie Nash, another burn patient. They met at a support group at Parkland Hospital. (Published Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012)

    The North Texas man who was the first American to receive a full face transplant is engaged to marry another burn patient he met in the hospital.

    "It's exciting for us," Dallas Wiens said Wednesday.

    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.

    His fiancee, 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 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. "I just looked at him from across the room, and there was something about him."

    Nash, who admits that she was sending a text message when she drove off the road, often speaks to young people about the dangers of texting and driving. She has set up a website to promote her message.

    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."

    Nash said she pursued him for two months. Then, on Christmas Eve, they talked all night and set up a date.

    The sparks flew.

    "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."

    Recently, the two decided to take the next step.

    Wiens took Nash to a jewelry store and proposed right there.

    "I just started crying. How could I not?" she said. "Just to be so happy."

    Now, with so much to plan, they are putting 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."

    The couple's big day will be March 30. The wedding will be in the Fort Worth church where Wiens was working when he was injured.

    The couple's doctors and nurses are invited, they said.


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