Some couples may claim they were made for each other, but a pair of newlyweds in Texas can prove they are a perfect pair after doctors determined that the man's new wife is a match for a kidney transplant he needs in order to survive.
Jonathan Woodlief, of Dallas, has been suffering from lupus, which destroyed his kidneys as a child, requiring a transplant that he received from his mother when he was a teen, WFAA-TV reported.
However, that new kidney began to fail last year, just as he and his and his fiancee, Caitlin, were planning their nuptials.
Woodlief's doctors said he needed a second kidney transplant, but the antibodies from his mother's kidney had made it nearly impossible to find a match this time.
"So my antibodies are about 99 percent, which means that I match to about 1 percent of the population," Woodlief said. "That was definitely ... just heartbreaking to hear."
Doctors told Woodlief that with more than 100,000 people currently on the transplant waiting list, it could be 15 years or more before a suitable donor match was found.
As they waited for a new kidney, Woodlief said he and Caitlin decided to go ahead with their wedding in October, even though his health was declining.
In a last-ditch effort to rule out every possible option, Caitlin had herself tested as a possible donor match, and then doctors gave them the good news.
"The doctor called it a miracle," Woodlief told the TV station. "We believe it's a miracle, and we're grateful for that."
Woodlief said he owes a lot to the women in his life.
Their surgeries were performed Tuesday.
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