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Updated: 08/03/2014 08:00:02AM

Special operation unites two hearts

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New North Porter Robert Moran presents his bride Jamie with a wedding ring, as the Rev. Brian James, pastor, officiates, during their impromptu nuptials Monday in Robert's room at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, prior to his open-heart surgery Wednesday.

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The Rev. Brian James, pastor, reads the vows to Robert Moran and his bride, Jamie. Staff on the Fawcett Memorial Hospital unit caring for Robert offered to host a small wedding and reception in Robert’s room, and coordinated everything from flowers and balloons from the gift shop, to dinner, cake and champagne from the culinary staff.

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Jamie soon-to-be Moran's father, James Holland, walks her down the rose-petal "aisle" to her waiting groom, Robert, Monday at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte.

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Isabelle Tindall, a second-grader at Vineland Elementary School, lets Jacoby Maldonado, a fourth-grader at Englewood Elementary School, go first, looking through the socks and underwear bins for her size. All items were new and free.

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Clowns like Nuzzles were on hand to paint the faces of students like Xavier Chavez, 6, a first-grade student at Englewood Elementary School.

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Free shoes had Jesse Lattin and Caleb Joyce, both 12-year-old seventh-graders at L.A. Ainger Middle School, tried on shoes while Jesse's mother Lori Lattin watched with a big smile on her face.

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The bash required a lot of volunteers. Members of the Lemon Bay High School football team worked setting up the event the night before, and these four, Justin Hinck, freshman, Brayden Curry, sophomore, Victor Mellor, sophomore and Jimmy Hinck, senior, volunteered for the early shift Saturday morning.

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PORT CHARLOTTE — As a major local hospital with a wide array of surgeries performed every day, you could say Fawcett Memorial Hospital is in the heart-healing business.

But this past week, staff pulled off a very special operation — merging two hearts into one.

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