September 24, 2008

Positivity: Husband saved wife by giving her his kidney

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From Denton Burn, Newcastle, UK:

Sep 20 2008

THEY share a bond that nobody can break.

Andy Brown proved to his wife that he would be with her in sickness and in health when he made the ultimate sacrifice and risked his life to save hers.

Andy and Kirsty discovered they were the right match, in more ways than one, when Kirsty’s kidney began to fail and her heroic husband offered to give her his.

And now after finding out that the swap-op was a success, Kirsty, 36, has told the Chronicle of her love for the modest man who saved her life.

The mum-of-one, from Denton Burn, Newcastle, said: “It was just the ultimate sacrifice. It is hard to explain the bond there is between us now. He has saved my life. He is a hero.”

Network manager Kirsty has suffered from diabetes since she was eight.

And during a routine blood test in January, it was discovered that one of her kidneys was failing. Kirsty was told that she would need a transplant in the future.

But in March her health began failing fast. As she began a course of dialysis, Kirsty was put on the transplant waiting list and her parents, sister and husband underwent tests to see if any of them could be a suitable donor.

“Andy’s kidney turned out to be a complete match, which is really rare for a non-blood relative,” she explained. “I told him straightaway that if at any time he wanted to pull out it wouldn’t change anything between us, but he was determined to do this. He knew he was saving my life.”

Andy and Kirsty have been married for six years and have a four-year-old daughter called Olivia.

Unlike his wife Andy had never been in hospital before, so Kirsty was at her husband’s side as he was taken to theatre at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

“I was terrified when he went in,” she continued. “I wasn’t bothered about myself, I was just worried about him.”

Kirsty’s new kidney has given her a new lease of life, and she now has the energy to play with her daughter and do all the things she could not while she was ill.

But modest Andy does not think he has done anything special.

“Everybody else can’t believe what he’s done. we all think he’s a hero, but he takes it all in his stride,” said Kirsty.

And Andy said seeing his wife healthy and happy makes it all worthwhile.

“I just wanted to do whatever I could to help Kirsty,” he said. “When I found out I was the perfect match, I had to do it. …..

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