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You know what they say ladies, talk is cheap. The best and really only way to know a man loves you is through his actions. And PJ Spraggins, of Alabama, proved his love and dedication to his wife Tracy by going above and beyond to be able to donate his kidney to her.

According to an interview with PJ and The Daily Mail, Tracy, 39, had been diagnosed with Lupus at six-years-old. And at the end of 2013, ten years after the couple married, doctors told her that if she did not receive a kidney transplant, the disease would kill her. Tracy’s younger sister, who just 34 and also had Lupus, had passed from kidney transplant complications just months earlier. So she knew the prognosis wasn’t an idle threat.

With the wait for a kidney being seven-years-long, her husband underwent testing to see if he was a match for his wife.

PJ was delighted when the results revealed that he was indeed a match. But later, doctors came back with some bad news, PJ’s blood pressure was too high to undergo this intensive surgery.

They said PJ, who weighed 256 pounds at the time, would need to lose 30 pounds to be able to undergo the surgery.

He lost 30 pounds and went back to get tested again. But earlier that day he had to change a flat tire so his blood pressure numbers were all over the place and he was told that he was still ineligible.

The couple went to another hospital in Atlanta, Georgia where PJ was told he needed to lost another 60 pounds in order for them to perform the surgery.

For the next year, both PJ and Tracy changed their lifestyles and engaged in an intense diet and exercise regimen. Between the two of them, the couple lost 145 pounds.

Eventually, the couple traveled to Nashville’s Vanderbilt Hospital in December 2014. That day, PJ made sure his numbers would come back perfect.

“I put that blood pressure monitor on and lay in bed all day. And thankfully, it all came back good!”

Finally, on February 24, the couple both underwent a four-hour surgery.

Tracy, who works as a special needs teacher, told an Alabama Fox affiliate that her kidney function is better than it’s ever been.

“We waited, we prayed and everything turned out great,” Tracy said.

The couple returned Birmingham a few weeks back and are getting back to living a normal life. PJ is grateful for the ordeal.

“The whole experience has been amazing. I mean just the feeling you get knowing that I was able to help my wife have a better quality of life. That…that means a lot, means a lot to me.”

Since the couple have been out of work for the past two months recovering, their friends set up an online fund to help with their everyday expenses. If you’d like to donate, you can do so here.

 

 

 

MyFoxAL.com – FOX6 WBRC Birmingham, AL

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