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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 February 2007, 08:50 GMT
Wife to donate kidney to husband
Jean and Mike Edmunds
Mike Edmunds had faced a two-year to find a kidney donor
A woman is to donate a kidney to her husband after discovering she was the match he needed for the life-saving operation.

Mike Edmunds, 61, of Trinant, Caerphilly, was told last year he had kidney failure and needed a transplant.

He faced a two-year wait until tests revealed that Jean, 57, his wife of 19 years, was a compatible donor.

Mr Edmunds, who works at the Pot Noodle factory in Crumlin, has described his wife as "one-in-a-million".

The couple were told on Valentine's Day - the same day they celebrated their wedding anniversary - that they can undergo the six-hour surgery.

"Without Jean I could have died. She's giving up part of herself to help me and it's amazing," Mr Edmunds told the South Wales Argus.

"She's one-in-a-million - but then I always knew that. I'm a very lucky man."

I could understand it
Jean Edmunds on her husband's reluctance to have her kidney

Mrs Edmunds, who works at Blackwood Cancer Care line, told the BBC News website that she had been told the fact that her kidney was compatible with her husband was irregular, but not that uncommon.

It was in January 2006 that Mr Edmunds became increasingly concerned about his health after being told he had kidney failure and his body rejected dialysis treatment.

He was diagnosed in 1989 when it was found that one kidney had failed and the other was operating at 75% efficiency.

He became more and more ill and a year ago was told the kidney was now operating at only 7%.

Final scan

As he faced a potentially long wait for a donor, Mrs Edmunds went for tests and, following a final scan, discovered that she was a match.

The transplant is now due to take place at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff on 12 March.

She said her husband had not initially wanted her to give him her kidney out of concern for her health, but he had become increasingly unwell.

"I could understand it," she said. "If it was me (in his position) I wouldn't want his."

Mr Edmunds regularly plays a pantomime dame in local amateur theatrical productions, has been too unwell to act recently.

But he is able to direct Alice in Memoland, at the Newbridge Memo, which runs from 21-25 February.

The show also features both their granddaughters, Leilah, 12, who plays Alice, and Amirah, three, who has a role as Sleeping Beauty.

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