Following a double lung transplant, Jerry Nettles is back to doing what he loves most: creating with his hands

By: Tyler Francischine
Much like a brave face that betrays one’s internal pain, the stately façade of Maddox Foundry and Machine Works in Archer, Florida, conceals the flurry of activity within.
Jerry Nettles' gloved hand clamps a connector onto battery terminal Photo by Mindy C. Miller
“I wasn't scared of dying, but I wanted to live.”
— Jerry Nettles
Jerry Nettles works on truck Jerry Nettles works under the hood of his truck at his home in Williston, Florida. Photos by Mindy C. Miller

“Jerry doesn’t worry about anything ... he has a strong heart. I think that positive attitude helps with healing.”
— Nina Nettles
Jerry's wife

Problem-solving care at UF Health

UF Health patients requiring lung transplants — like Jerry Nettles — now have access to state-of-the-art facilities at the thoracic and vascular intensive care unit, or ICU, housed in the UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital.
Palaez and Machuca at UF Health Tiago Machuca, MD, PhD, and Andres Pelaez, MD Photo by Mindy C. Miller