INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 9, 2014)– It was the union of two hearts. Joined in holy matrimony. But just 7 months after “I do” Oliver and Wendy Davis shared another vital organ. Not in a church this time, but in a hospital room. Wendy gave Oliver one of her kidneys.
“God sent a blessing never knowing when I met my wife now one day she would be a donor for me and we would be a match,” said Oliver Davis.
Oliver was on dialysis for the past two years. He discovered he had problems with his kidneys when he went to the hospital for a sports-related injury. He never thought the love of his
life would be a match. Wendy turned out to be more than his fairy tale ending.
“I said you never know what happens. So I asked my mom that evening what my blood type was and she told me and I said wait a minute isn’t that what he told me he was?”
Even their tissues were perfect. Soon their the transplant process was in full swing at IU Health University Hospital.
“Next to laying down your life for somebody its the greatest thing that can be done. These people are truly heroes,” said Dr. Tim Taber.
Dr. Tim Taber is head of transplant nephrology at IU Health. He says he promotes all donors but a live donor with courage like Wend nearly doubles the recipients life expectancy after the transplant.
“In Indiana about 40 percent of kidney transplants are living donors. Now a living donor transplant lasts longer than a deceased donor. Maybe 40 percent longer,” said Dr. Taber.
There are currently 1,000 people waiting for a kidney transplant in Indiana. The waiting list is about 3 to 5 years. Dr. Taber says with the lack of live and deceased donors they can’t keep up with the demand for the organs.
He encourages family members to get tested to see if they’re a match and for others to become donors in case of death.
For Wendy the moment she saw her husband after surgery made the procedure all worth it. No more dialysis and they’re looking forward to a long life together as husband and wife.
“For him to have his life back. For him to be healthy, happy and for him to enjoy his life, like he should be able to,” said Wendy.
Oliver is forever grateful.
“And just to be able to walk down to her room the second day out of surgery and to see her smiling sitting up. You know it was just a blessing because I know everything works through God and he had made it all work,” said Oliver.