TYLER, TX (KLTV) - For most people Valentine's Day is a reminder to show a little love. But for one East Texas couple, it means so much more.
Davy Hobson and his wife Sharron Hobson celebrate Valentine's Day just like any other couple. But he admits he always waits until the last minute to buy her gift.
"Well, I don't know, I may get in trouble for saying this because I like Valentine's Day, but I didn't think it should be that big of deal because I love my wife every day of the year," he said. "So I know I always waited the last minute to get her a gift, but that year, for some reason; the year that everything went to disaster I bought her Valentine's gift the day before."
Hobson said he's glad he got his wife's gift ahead of time because on Valentine's Day five years ago he went to the hospital with both sides of his heart failing and learned he needed a new one.
"I just pulled in the parking lot and the lighting got dim and I had a roar in my ears with the sound being muffled more and more ,and then a very dry mouth; full body flush and I just had the most ominous feeling I'm about to die," he said.
Hobson had been struggling with cardiac symptoms between 2010 and 2012. He said doctors implanted a pacemaker and additional heart problems required an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.
Hobson said he seemed to be doing better until Valentine's Day of 2013.
Doctors performed an experimental procedure to help his heart continue circulating blood to his body until his donor heart came along four months later. Hobson said he went through a lot to survive, but he's just happy he gets to celebrate Valentine's Day with his wife again.
"Yeah, like I said, it's mixed emotions; it's a dark day as far as the reminder of the disaster that struck but [...] every Valentine's Day that I see now I'm celebrating the life of love that I have with her," he said.
The pair have been married for almost thirty-five years. His wife Sharron said their relationship has seen its challenges, but she couldn't live without him.
"It's good to have my best friend here; I don't want to be without him," she said.
For them Valentine's Day is all about the heart; it's just a different heart.