Man marries stranger who saved life with kidney transplant


by WHAS11

Posted on October 27, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 5:36 AM

(WHAS11) -- A couple fell in love after she saved her would-be-husband's life.

Kyle Froelich was told at 12-years-old he might have kidney failure. Just six years later he was in need of a kidney transplant to keep him alive.

“With my blood type and age, I was looking at three to five years to receive a kidney,” Froelich said.

In 2009 he met a girl at a car show, Chelsea Clair, who has heard about his situation from a family friend.

“I just knew and I told him I wanted to give him a kidney,” Clair said.

 While Froelich wanted to believe she would follow through, he didn't hold on to that hope.

Clair understood the importance of life-saving donations better than most, having had a father who passed away from cancer, having needed a bone marrow transplant.

They were a perfect match. She agreed to give the stranger her kidney. In spite of her family's concern.

After passing all the mess tests, less than a year after their fateful meeting, Clair and Froelich went under the knife.

“We've been doing very great since the surgery,” she said. “I don't feel any different than I did before I gave a kidney.”

“I feel a lot different than I did before I got a kidney,” he said.

The good feeling continued as the two started seeing each other.

Two weeks ago, Clair vowed to spend the rest of her life with the man whose life she saved.

“I know sometimes we get in an argument, I tell him I'll take my kidney back. And we both laugh,” Clair said.

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