The Commercial Appeal | Tom Charlier
It was his wife, after all.
"I was scared to have her have surgery for me," said Hassler, 29.
Emily Hassler, however, shared none of her husband's concerns about the operation last June in which one of her kidneys was removed so it could be transplanted into him. "I figure what's mine is his and what's his is mine, anyway," she said.
Aside from providing new meaning to the traditional wedding vow of staying committed "in sickness and in health," the Hasslers took part in an inaugural event Friday honoring organ donors.
The first Living Donor Luncheon, sponsored by Methodist University Hospital and its partner, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, took place as the waiting list for organs stood at nearly 114,000 nationwide, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. It also commemorated National Donate Life Month.