Woman Donates Kidney To Boyfriend, And Now They're Engaged

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Tori Smythe of Canada told The Record that there was a part of her "that knew I was going to be the donor," for her fiance, who was battling a life-threatening ailment.

Talk about a loving gesture: Tori Smythe of Waterloo, Ontario, gave her now-fiance, Josh Wagler, a kidney when his began to fail due to the genetic disorder Alport syndrome. They had only been dating a few months when she was tested to see if she was a match. 

According to The Record, Wagler's kidney started failing last fall. He was just 26 years old, but he had been told he wouldn't need to worry about his kidney until his 40s or 50s. 

"It was really, really kinda scary at first," Wagler said to The Record. "I felt OK. It didn't seem like I felt any different. ... I think it was just such a slow decline over the years."

Wagler lost weight and experienced fatigue and nausea. His loved ones offered to help, including Smythe. He said he didn't think they would be a match, however.

"The chances of that happening would be absolutely outrageous," he said. 

Alas, in early January, Wagler found out they were indeed a match. 

"I just kind of froze," Wagler said. "I can't really describe that feeling. It's so many different emotions. It was really, really quite surreal."

In Feburary, they both underwent surgery so Smythe could officially give her kidney to Wagler. 

"That was the longest five hours I've ever had to go through," Wagler said of Smythe's surgery, which came first.

When they both woke up after the procedure, they FaceTimed in bed. Altogether, it took eight weeks for the couple to recover — but they were in it together.

Now, they're engaged and moving into their first house. 

"I can't really express how much it means to me ever," Wagler said. "It's not something I'll ever be able to pay back."

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