Do you have a box of tissues handy? Because you're going to need it after you hear about PJ Spraggins, the husband who lost 70 pounds so he could donate his kidney to his wife. Trust me on this one — I've been called an emotionless robot more times than I can count, but ohmygod this story is enough to make even my blackened, shriveled heart believe in true love. It's going to take a True Detective marathon, at the very minimum, to return to my normal grumpy state. I might even have to break out the Theory of Everything . The situation is that dire.
Until a few years ago, PJ and Tracy Spraggins were an average couple from Alabama. Tracy had been diagnosed with Lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease, when she was six, the Daily Mail reports, but it wasn't until 2013 that her health required her to be put on the kidney transplant list. According to the Living Kidney Donors network, there are over 93,000 people waiting for kidney transplants of their own, and the wait time could be anywhere from five to 10 years, if not more. Considering that Tracy's sister had recently passed away from complications stemming from Lupus at age 34, the odds weren't looking good. PJ, however, decided to speed things up by submitting himself for consideration as a donor.
Unfortunately, that wasn't enough. Donating a kidney is a huge undertaking even for someone in perfect shape, and at 265 pounds, PJ was told his blood pressure was too high. In order to be considered, he would need to lose a significant amount of weight. "That was kind of a kick in the stomach if you will," he told WRBC. Undeterred, he returned for an evaluation after losing 30 pounds but was rejected again due to his blood pressure. He tried another hospital in Atlanta, GA, only to be told he needed to lose 60 more pounds. Although it was disheartening, PJ "just kept working out" as the couple tried to find a doctor that would okay the transplant. Finally, in December 2014, Nashville's Vanderbilt Hospital gave him the go-ahead.
On February 24th, the couple underwent surgery together, and it went perfectly. "The way my kidney function is now, it's at 100 percent. And it's at the best it's ever been,” Tracy told WRBC. "To know that I did everything I could to give my wife a better quality of life is just the best feeling," PJ said to the Daily Mail. "I am so happy."
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PJ wrote on his Facebook page that he and his wife are "completely blown away" by the attention their story has received. Although the kidney transplant itself was covered, the couple has to take two months off to recover from the surgery. To help out, head over to their donation page. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a True Detective marathon to begin, or else I'm going to run out of tissue boxes.
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