Organ donor to marry stranger she gave kidney to after operation brought them together

One year ago Ashley McIntyre had never met husband-to-be Danny Robinson

Lizzie Dearden
Friday 13 February 2015 11:23 GMT
Danny Robinson and Ashley McIntyre met after she decided to donate her kidney to him
Danny Robinson and Ashley McIntyre met after she decided to donate her kidney to him (Ashley McIntyre/Facebook)

An American organ donor who gave her kidney to a complete stranger is marrying the man whose life she saved.

Ashley McIntyre, 26, heard Danny Robinson’s radio appeal for a donor in Louisville, Kentucky, in January last year.

He was 25 at the time and having dialysis for 12 hours a week to keep him alive as his kidneys failed with Berger’s disease.

Mr Robinson’s house had burned down on Christmas Day 2011 and his father died of brain cancer a year later.

“It was just like one thing after another for them,” Ms McIntyre told ABC News. “I was like, 'Well, I'm type-O and I don't have any health problems.”

Against the odds, tests proved that her organ was a match and the surgery was set for April 2014, years before Mr Robinson was expected to receive a kidney from a deceased donor.

The pair first met the month before the operation and kept in touch with texts and phone calls until they started dating in May, Sky News reported.

"As soon as we started dating - not long after that - was when we realised, this was it," Ms McIntyre said.

Her boyfriend proposed to her on Christmas Day and the couple are expecting their first child, a baby girl, in June.

When they announced their engagement on Facebook, friends commented that the story of their relationship sounded “straight out of a book”.

Ms McIntyre told the Courier-Journal:”I never in a million years imagined this would was a whirlwind.”

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