Woman with kidney disease to get transplant from husband
9:11 PM, May 21, 2012
10:56 PM, May 21, 2012
KANSAS CITY, MO. - Jan Blaylock has known Dr. Thomas Crouch almost all her life.
Her mom had polysystic kidney disease, or PKD. Dr. Crouch was her mother's doctor, and because fifty percent of children who have a parent with PKD end up with the disease, he's now Jan's.
"She's now at the point that she has to go on dialysis or get a kidney transplant," Crouch said.
So the search began to find a donor. The number waiting on a kidney far surpasses the number of kidney's available.
But Jan's husband, Larry, had a hunch,
Turns out the man she's been married to for nearly 30 years happens to be that match. This Thursday one of his kidneys will become hers.
"I can't explain it but for some reason I've always felt that that's the way it's going to be," he said.
"I said I've known for over thirty years that this day was coming but I never worried too much about it," Larry continued. " I can't really explain it, it's just this feeling that I've had that I'll be the donor and we'll go on."
There are jokes to mask the seriousness of the situation,
"He says I have to be nice to him or he might change his mind," laughed Jan.
But both are confident of a positive outcome and a long future together.
"I'm almost relieved that it's happening now so that I can dance at both my kids' weddings and be a part of it and live to see grandkids and just go on with my life," Jan said.