Megan and Michael Brooks

Wife Donates Kidney to Husband on Wedding Anniversary at Methodist Dallas Medical Center

04/28/2011

Megan and Michael BrooksDALLAS – Four years ago when Megan Brooks promised "to have and to hold" Michael Brooks as her husband, she didn't know their journey together would also include donating a kidney. Michael had been plagued with health problems for a number of years, and two years ago the couple learned that Michael's kidneys were failing and he had to go on dialysis. His family decided to be tested to be donors. "His father, brother, and I prepared to be tested," says Megan. "But when I was a match, there was no need to go further. I was going to be the donor." Ironically, the transplant at Methodist Dallas Medical Center was originally scheduled to be in March, but was rescheduled. "The new date was April 21 – the date of our wedding anniversary," says Megan. Although no big anniversary celebration is planned this year as the couple concentrates on Michael's health, the couple plans to have a celebration next year. "We're planning a big trip with family and friends," says Megan. She adds that people should not be afraid to donate organs and give someone else a better quality of life. "More people should reach out and give back." Megan says there are many reasons she decided to donate a kidney to her husband. "He's a wonderful husband and father. He's my soul mate," she says. Michael says when Megan walks in, "she lights up the room. She's the love of my life." Approximately 30 percent of kidney donations are the result of one spouse donating to the other.

Michael's surgeon, Dr. Richard Dickerman, says, "Megan is not only changing Michael's lifestyle. She is changing his life." Megan's surgeon, Dr. Alejandro Mejia, says, "It is a wonderful thing for Megan to do." Dr. Mejia adds that there is less risk now for donors because the kidney is removed with laparoscopic surgery through a small incision. Both surgeons are independently practicing physicians on the medical staff at Methodist Health System.

To register to become an organ donor and find out more about transplant services at Methodist Dallas, visit, www.methodisthealthsystem.org/transplant.

Note to editor: Photo available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/transplantcouple

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