Kidney Transplant Patient Marries His Organ Donor

You hear about people donating a kidney to their spouse, but this story has that backward. Kyle Froelich lived with a fatal kidney disorder since he was twelve years old. By the time he was 19, he desperately needed a kidney transplant, but the willing donors among his family and friends were never a match. Then he met Chelsea Clair, and within a few hours of knowing each other, she offered her own kidney. She proved to be a perfect match, and the transplant was carried out six months later.

On Oct. 12, signs with cut-out hearts led about 50 guests to the Danville Conservation Club. There, nearly four years after Clair first met Froelich at that car show, and three years after she gave him the kidney that would save his life, they were married.

Instead of the traditional promise to love “in sickness and in health,” the couple pledged to each other, “I offer you my hand, my heart and my soul, as I know they will be safe with you.”

The couple will celebrate the anniversary of their marriage, but they also celebrate the anniversary of the life-saving surgery every year with a party they call Sparkypalooza -because Sparky is what they call the donated kidney. You can read their story at the Indianapolis Star.  -via Time Newsfeed

(Image credit: Robert Scheer/The Star)

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