Woman donates kidney to stranger, then marries him

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana woman who promised to donate one of her kidneys to a man she barely knew has married him three years after his successful transplant surgery.

Chelsea Clair and Kyle Froelich met at a 2009 car show when he was 19 and she was 22. Clair learned that day that Froelich had a serious kidney disease — and she told him then and there she would give him one of hers.

She underwent the necessary tests and ended up being a near perfect match. Three years ago, she donated one of her kidneys to Froelich.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1cEjsbm ) that the couple was married Oct. 12 at the Danville Conservation Club, the venue that hosted the car show where they met.

Clair told the Star she couldn't explain why she decided to donate the organ.

“Chelsea,” her family told her, “you can’t just go to Wal-Mart and buy a kidney.”

But, she said, maybe it was because her dad had needed a bone marrow transplant and never got one before he died.

Australians can learn more about kidney donation at Kidney Health Australia or the Australian Organ Donation Register.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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