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Woman donates kidney to husband for transplant

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Three years into his marriage, a Mid-South man learned he had a rare kidney disease and needed a transplant to live.

Marshall and Jessica Martz were married in September of 2006.  Marshall Martz later found out he needed a kidney transplant.

Finding a donor seemed impossible, until his wife discovered she and her husband have the same blood type.

"It's very rare," said Marshall Martz.  "It's almost unheard of that a husband and wife be a match.  The urologist who performed my surgery said in 30 years of his experience, he has never seen a husband and wife match until the two of us."

Without hesitation, Jessica Martz volunteered her kidney for the transplant.

"It's the best love that I can show him or give him," she said.  "God's giving me the ability to be a match for him, and to have the most wonderful husband in the world.  I'd do anything for him."

The couple's story touched State Representative James Coley and many others at Highland Street Church of Christ, one of several organizations raising funds to help the Martzes with transplant medical expenses.

"I think it's part of our faith that we have to care for each other," said Coley.

In addition to their wedding date, the couple has a new special date in their lives.  Doctors at Vanderbilt in Nashville have scheduled the couple for a transplant on May 10, 2011.

"That date will be celebrated every year for the rest of our lives," said Marshall Martz.

Friends have established a website with more information on the Martz's transplant and efforts to raise funds for the couple's medical expenses.  To find out more, click here.

There is also a fundraiser scheduled for the couple on March 23 at Stevie B's Pizza at Stage and Kirby Road.

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