- PJ Spraggins' wife Tracy was placed on a kidney transplant list
- He volunteered to donate his kidney to save his wife's life
- He spent a year losing weight so his blood pressure would be low enough for surgery
A dedicated husband in Alabama, US, spent a year losing weight so he could donate his kidney to his wife and save her life.
PJ Spraggins' wife, Tracy, was diagnosed with Lupus at the young age of six, according to Daily Mail.
She managed to live with the condition for years, but in 2013, she had to be placed on a kidney transplant. It often takes five to ten years for a patient to get a kidney in the US.
Briefly.co.za learned that to speed things up, PJ volunteered to donate his own kidney to save Tracy's life.
However, doctors said his blood pressure was too high for surgery and he had to lose weight first. This wasn't an obstacle for PJ. He spent a year dieting and exercising to get himself in shape.
By December 2014, a determined PJ had achieved the desired weight and blood pressure. He and Tracy went into surgery in February 2015 and everything went well. PJ said:
To know that I did everything I could to give my wife a better quality of life is just the best feeling. I am so happy.
Today, the couple lives a normal life as posts from their respective Facebook pages show. They both enjoy regular jazz outings.
Tracy's career as a teacher — and a professional photographer as well — is flourishing.
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