“I told the nurses that I felt like Adam and Eve, except instead of him donating his rib to me, it’s his kidney,” she said.
Fred Barnes promised his wife that he would give up more than that if she needed it.
“After 43 years of marriage and putting up with me all of that time, she deserved at least one of my kidneys,” he said.
The couple who live near Clackamas Town Center took the plunge into unconsciousness on Aug. 29 under the watch of Legacy Health System surgeons and nurses. Their plan was to have his kidney outside of his body for only a few minutes before reattaching it in hers.