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North Texas man receives new heart for Christmas

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A North Texas man received a Christmas gift this year he won't forget.

Mark Dupree, a patient at Baylor Medical Center, is preparing to head home after a heart transplant that happened Christmas Eve.

Following his transplant, Dupree was making laps around the hospital Monday. For 12 years, he's been suffering.

"I've had five heart attacks and six stents put in," said Dupree.  

Even after all that, he was dying.

"There's nothing else they told me they can do," he said.  

The Monday after Thanksgiving weekend, he was put on the transplant list, and on Christmas Eve, he got the call but didn't answer the phone.

"It scared me," he said when he saw the caller ID. "It scared me; stunned me."  

The next call he received was from his wife. That's when he picked up.

"My wife called me right there and said, ‘Mark! They got you a heart!'" said Dupree.  

Dupree carries a rosary with him, and he says he prayed for the person who saved him.

When asked about how he felt upon hearing his new heart beating, he said,

"And I could hear it go, ‘Boom! Boom!' It made me think of somebody young."

Now, Dupree is getting ready to head home and kick off 2014. He says the first thing he'll do when he's home is get a hamburger.

Another thing he really wants to do is walk all the way around Walmart, which is something he couldn't do before because he got so tired.

Dupree wasn't the only one who received a new heart on Christmas Eve -- there was one other person.

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