Something Borrowed: Dating couple undergoes kidney transplant surgery

Tyler Morning Telegraph | Melissa McTee

Even before sharing a home or the same last name, a local couple shares something perhaps more vital to life together - a kidney.

Tyler residents Shari Lewis and Christopher Coker started dating after they were introduced by mutual friends in March of 2013, not knowing that less than a year later Christopher’s health would begin to fail.

After six months of dating, the couple made plans to go on a cruise, where Christopher hoped to propose. Soon after putting down a payment toward the romantic getaway, Christopher began having health problems that included severe irregular function of his right kidney. After noticing some blood in his urine, Christopher made an appointment to see his doctor. Continue reading