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After 9 hours of surgery, Dawne Gee's cousin has a new lease on life

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Keith Nettles just days after receiving a new heart. Keith Nettles just days after receiving a new heart.

NASHVILLE, TN (WAVE) - Nine hours, a brave family and mashed potatoes: Just words, but all add up to a man's life.

After over a year on a LVAD, a left ventricular assist device, Keith Nettles took the scary journey into surgery. The payoff? A new heart and a new lease on life.

WAVE 3's own Dawne Gee is Nettles' cousin and Thursday night, she was praying for his life. According to Gee, their youngest uncle passed away earlier this year from a heart attack and Nettles' father died of a heart attack in his forties at Gee's mother's home.

Between prayers for her own family, Gee also remembered and thanked the family in mourning who gave her cousin a second chance to live. According to Gee, that family appreciated life enough to give Nettles and possible many others hope.

Six hours out of surgery, Nettles was up and talking; he looked better than he had in years.

Those 9 hours will add up to a new chance for life, that brave family will always have the appreciation and love of Nettles' family and the mashed potatoes, eaten just hours after surgery, show hope for many years to come.

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