Cecil Wayne Nelson, 57, was given a new lease on life two years ago when he received the heart of a 23-year-old. His illness and recovery also led to a new spiritual life for him. He will be ordained as a deacon today in the New Zion Faith Center, 1904 Jamestown Road.
Two years ago, it appeared to Nelson that he had no future.
“I was so weak,” Nelson said. “The doctors said my heart was only functioning at 9 percent. For two months I was only able to sit in my recliner all day, only getting up to go to the bathroom.”
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