When they got married 26 years ago, Janet Tracy had already given her heart to her husband, John. Now she's added another important organ to that list.
In March, Tracy needed a kidney transplant because his were functioning at less than 20 percent after 2 decades of diabetes, forcing him to undergo dialysis 5 times a day. Even though the odds of a non-blood relative being a match are 1 in 100,000, his wife turned out to be a perfect fit.
"It's scary for us, because she's our sister, but we knew know she loves him and wants to do everything she can to keep him around with her and their kids," Carol Smith said.
Ironically, when it was time for the transplant surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center, these lovebirds who do everything together couldn't be in the same room. Their rooms were next to each other, though.
They still haven't seen each other in person since the successful surgery and had to exchange cell phone videos while they are recovering.
After a few days in the hospital, Tracy will finally be able to say goodbye to dialysis, and the couple can resume life together all because of the gift of love.
"I'm just so happy for them. What an opportunity to give a kidney to her husband and give him a chance at life. That's over the top. That's over the top. It's the best ever," Kathy Struffert said.
Janet will be in the hospital for the next few days while John should get out in about one week. Doctors said if there are no complications, his wife's kidney should last another 15 to 20 years.