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Published April 24, 2014, 10:23 PM

Wife donates kidney to husband

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When Wayne and Sandy Schumacher got married years ago, the Fargo couple never dreamed they would be together at the same time, in the hospital.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When Wayne and Sandy Schumacher got married years ago, the Fargo couple never dreamed they would be together at the same time, in the hospital.

But when doctors told Wayne he needed a kidney transplant, it was his wife who stepped up to help.

Surrounded by family today, Wayne and Sandy Schumacher are healing together. After months of waiting and planning, Wayne had his transplant Tuesday. The donor? His wife, Sandy.

Wayne Schumacher/Just had kidney transplant: “I had a little trepidation, and great relief.”

Sandy Schumacher/Donated Kidney to Husband: “I wanted to anything to help my husband that was the main thing.”

Wayne has lived with diabetes for 17 years.

Dialysis, the whole bit.

At first he was on the list for a cadaver donor kidney, then one from a living donor turned out his wife was not only a match for marriage but for a longer lasting life.

Sandy: “There was a lot of stress because I wanted to do it so badly.”

Wayne: “I did not want Sandy to go through all this but it was great because it was someone I knew.”

Sandy: “And I never really had surgery so this is a brand new ballgame for me, but this is a new ballgame.”

As is often the case, the recovery is a little tougher on the donor. But Sandy hopes to go home tomorrow.

Wayne this weekend. The two will be on the mend, at home, together. Grateful for each other.

Right now there are more than 36-hundred people in the Upper Midwest waiting for a life-saving organ transplant; more than 28-hundred are waiting for a kidney transplant.

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