KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ten months after his girlfriend gave him one of her kidneys, Travis Spire-Sweet is going strong.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/JfUnK6 ) that the 30-year-old Kansas City acupuncturist didn't know what it felt like to have a fully functioning kidney until now. Thirty-four-year-old Taesha Benson donated the organ last February and they got engaged at a Kansas City Royals game in May.
Benson had a rare post-surgery complication but is now back to work and training for a February half-marathon in Portland Ore.
The two are planning to marry in the spring before spending their honeymoon on a tropical island.
Spire-Sweet, whose kidney disease was caused by a birth defect, says Benson saved his life and he hopes his story will raise awareness of the need for organ donors.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com