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After giving of themselves in marriage for the past 41 years; raising their three kids, making a home and life together, Judy Day gave the “Gift of Life” to her husband Morgan.
Three weeks ago today, Judy, donated one of her healthy kidneys to her husband, Morgan.
“I told him, after 41 years of marriage, we should be a perfect match,” she said.
This match made in heaven began as high school sweethearts.
“She was a sophomore and I was a junior,” said Morgan. “It was Taylorsville High School then.”
After marrying, Morgan served a tour in Vietnam in 1969 and upon his return to the states was told he had a kidney disease and according to Judy, was advised there was no treatment or medicine available.
“It has taken 40 years for it to get to this stage,” said Judy of her husband’s condition.
Judy began the process in March of determining whether or not surgery of this type would be beneficial for the both of them. Morgan was receiving dialysis three days a week since just before Memorial Day. Dialysis is a process used to; remove waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body, and keep a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate, while helping to control blood pressure according to the National Kidney Foundation of Kentucky Web site.
Many transplant centers are responding to the growing need for organs by expanding the living donor options. These now include both donors that are living related: by blood, which consists of any living relative; parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins etc., and non related; spouses, friends, and acquaintances. Donors should be between the ages of 18 and 65. These donors must share, at a minimum, blood type compatibility with the recipient as stated in the Nephrology Nursing Journal.
Morgan was very fortunate to have Judy be a match for him.
According to Judy, the couple’s three grown children have been their support system during the entire process and was behind the decision 100 percent.
“We had a family meeting before I even started the physical testing part,” said Judy.
The surgery itself required two surgeons, one to remove Judy’s kidney and another surgeon in an adjoined operating room, waiting to implant the newly retrieved kidney in Morgan’s abdomen.
Both patients are home now, and recovering well together.
“The new kidney was pumping before they (the doctors) had the incision closed up,” said Judy.
Judy returned to work last Thursday for the City of Taylorsville.
“I maybe shouldn’t have, but I did,” said Judy. “The doctors released me, and I am all done with them. They will call to check on us, and I will have to go in for blood work after a year.”
According to Judy, Morgan’s recovery is going very well. He has good days and bad days, and will until his medicine gets him leveled out, but the important part is that he is no longer relying on dialysis, his perfect match in life, truly turned out to be his perfect match for life.
The Days are members of Spencer Christian Church and have lived in Spencer County all their lives. Judy said she believes that many prayers were answered on their behalf.
“It is like a dream almost,” said Judy. “We have been so blessed and are very pleased.