Special Thanksgiving for husband who donated kidney to wife
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A Chula Vista couple is marking the anniversary of the life-changing operation at Scripps Green Hospital. They are celebrating their return to health as well as upcoming special Thanksgiving together with their adult son back home.
Before the transplant operation, Annabelle Villarreal’s kidneys had been declining for a number of years, and she was undergoing dialysis until she could find a new kidney. A donation from Anabelle’s immediate family was not an option, so Robert Villarreal stepped up to get tested, and found he was a match.
According the National Kidney Foundation, there were 679 living kidney transplant operations from spouse to spouse in the U.S. in 2017.