Rounding her second full year on dialysis, Cindy Chafian had all but given up hope for survivingher battle with polycystic kidney disease.
That was, until her husband Scott’s test results came back from the lab…
Back in her 20s, doctors diagnosed Cindy with polycystic kidney disease.
The National Kidney Foundation describes the disease as, “Polycystic kidney disease (also called PKD) causes numerous cysts to grow in the kidneys. These cysts are filled with fluid. If too many cysts grow or if they get too big, the kidneys can become damaged. PKD cysts can slowly replace much of the kidneys, reducing kidney function and leading to kidney failure.”
Since her diagnosis, Cindy’s lost her leftkidney and her right has subsequently shut down.
Of watching his wife’s decline, Scott told WTKR, “it’s devastating because of course you always see your spouse before you and to not have anything, it was just a feeling of helplessness.”
Six years ago, done with feeling helpless, Scott decided to take action and try gifting his wife the one thing that might actually save her life…his kidney.
Scottconsulted with doctors to see if he was a match and sure enough, he was!
When doctors told him the good news, he barely believed it. He said,“did you just say I’m a match to my wife and this is going to work? And it was and for me such a wonderful experience to have this opportunity to something for the person I love more than anybody.”
But, Cindy wouldn’t take it. She wasn’t ready for that kind of sacrifice.
Then in 2016, Cindy’s health took a turn for the worse.
Cindy had been surviving on dialysis for the past two years, braving surgery after surgery, when suddenly last year, all of her efforts stopped working.
“I hit kind of rock bottom,” she said, “and I looked at him and I said okay, I’m ready.”
And with those two simple words, their surgery was a go.
The couple set up a GoFundMe page to help cover some of their surgery costs, as neither will be able to work during the recovery process.
Of learning their transplant date, Cindy said, “he called me and he told me that everything was a go. He gave me a date and that was the first time I allowed myself any emotion and I actually cried.”
These devoted lovebirds underwent their transplant surgery just one day before their twentieth wedding anniversary.
“To know that he’s kind of giving me that ability is even more of an amazing gift,” Cindy said.
“He powers me in so many ways, but this is definitely… he is literally going to give me life. So it’s an amazing gift.”
Now that’s our kind of love story.
Would you like to donate to the Chafians’ recovery fund? Check out their GoFundMe campaign here.
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