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The perfect match this Valentine’s Day

11 February 2020

With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, the bar has been set high for acts of love with Tweed Coast man, Leigh Anstey, giving the gift of a new kidney to his wife through a live-donation.

“He actually celebrated his birthday in hospital two days after donating his kidney to me, so he’s sacrificed quite a lot this year,” said Ms Taylor of her husband. 

Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) Nephrologist, Associate Professor David Mudge, said the live donation wasn’t unusual, but very lucky for Leigh.

“Kidney disease impacts not just the patient but their family as well in terms of what they have to give up.

“Waiting for a donor kidney can mean years on life saving dialysis treatments for some patients so, if someone in their life is willing and able to donate, it can be a wonderful and selfless solution that gets the whole family back to living a more normal life sooner,” he said.

“Luckily, in the case of Leigh and her husband, they turned out to be the perfect match in life and for kidney transplantation!”

An accidental poisoning incident from living on a farm when she was in her early twenties left Ms Taylor with kidney damage that, after a bout of the flu, rapidly deteriorated last year.

After close to nine months on dialysis, Ms Taylor received the testament of true love in the form of a new kidney from her husband last week.

“It’s an easy sacrifice to make and it’s going to be good to have Leigh back to being healthy sharing life’s moments with me,” said Mr Anstey.

Recovering in PAH, Brisbane’s centre for Kidney and Liver Transplant, Ms Taylor said she could never express how much she appreciates her husband’s generous donation.

 “I’m filled with hope and gratitude and am just looking forward to getting back to real life,” said Ms Taylor.

Last updated 11 February 2020
Last reviewed 11 February 2020

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