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Updated: 12/29/2013 07:24:01PM

Bad heart, told to wait

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Jack Starks, with wife Beth in their home, recently underwent heart surgery at the Venice-Ocala Heart Institute after being told he might have to wait as long as a year to be treated elsewhere.

By Angeeneh Adamian

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At 84 years old, Jack Starks enjoyed a rewarding career, a beautiful family with five children and a loving wife.

As he aged, he expected to feel a bit more tired and less energetic, but when he realized he could not walk across the room without feeling short of breath, he knew something was not right.

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