A Selfless woman has been praised after she took it upon herself to donate her kidney to her ex-husband, 5 years after their Divorce.
The woman, Kelly Hope is 43 years while her ex-husband Dan Pyatt is 44 Years-old and they fell in love with each other when they were 18 and got married 14 years later, and that’s around 2007.
Less than a year after their marriage, Dan Pyatt fell seriously ill with an aggressive type of kidney disease, and around September 2017 he was told by medics that his kidney function had fallen to just 8% and thereafter he was put on dialysis. He was also put on a Deceased donor waiting list.
The ex-couple divorced around 2012 due to some unresolved incompatibility issues but they both still got a thing deep down for each other. Even after their divorce, they remained friends and visit each other sometimes.
Dan Pyatt was on the waiting list for up to 12 months but got no donor and when his ex-wife Kelly heard about it, she decided to donate her kidney to him. Kelly told Dan about her intention but he declined the favour and asked her not to worry about it, but she was determined as she went ahead to donate her kidney to him.
According to Kelly, she could remember telling her ex-husband as thus; “I’m going to get tested for a transplant.”, and then “He said to me, ‘I can’t ask you to do that’. But I told him, ‘It’s not up to you. It’s my decision. I know what the risks are and I’m doing it.’
“Even though we weren’t together any more, I wasn’t prepared to let my children be without a father.”
When asked about why they got divorced at initial, she replied as thus;
“We had different priorities, life pressures, work patterns. I was a PA at the time and Dan was a taxi driver so we were like ships in the night. We didn’t just walk away, but in the end, we realised we couldn’t keep going around in circles.
“It was making the atmosphere at home horrible. It wasn’t healthy for the children, so we both decided it would be best to separate.”
After Kelly Offered to donate her kidney, tests were run on her and the doctor found out that her blood and that of Dan Pyatt weren’t a match, and so they concluded to do a blood-incompatible transplant which involves removing antibodies from the blood to prevent rejection.
The transplant went successful and Dan Pyatt was discharged 5 days later.
Shedding more light on why she offered the favour, Kelly said as thus; “To me, I was giving a kidney to the father of my children and the best friend I’ve had since I was 11. We might not be married now, but we’re still very much a family and I had to make that sacrifice to keep our family together.”
Speaking about Kelly’s selflessness, Dan Pyatt was quoted as saying; “It was truly a selfless act, to put your own life on the line to help someone else is amazing. Kelly will always be my hero.”