Wedding vows call for husband and wife to remain loyal to each other in sickness and in health. It’s easy to say when it’s a hypothetical, but more difficult in practice.
Cesar and Monica Calle said their vows 23 years ago, and more recently they’ve been put to the test. Monica has been going through dialysis for the last two years because of kidney failure.
Monica Calle inherited her kidney disease from her mother. Dialysis treatment has kept her tethered to her home.
“I would connect myself to a machine every night. My cut-off time was 9:30,” Monica told Inside Edition.
The process of finding a kidney donor is long and complex. It requires a number of different tests to ensure compatibility, and finding a willing donor who is a match is a struggle.
“Even siblings aren’t always a perfect match,” Monica said.
Waiting on the donor list can take years and isn’t an option for many patients. Cesar was in the process of being tested, but the couple didn’t want to get their hopes up prematurely.
After an agonizing waiting period, Cesar got a call from the hospital with some great news: he was a perfect match.
The hospital staff informed Cesar of the good news first. As soon as he got off the phone with the doctors, he called his wife and told her the good news.
“I let out this big yelp,” Monica said. “Oh my God, I started dreaming about what my life would look like. I felt so free.”
The couple underwent surgery in February and all went off without a hitch. Monica was happy to be free of dialysis and didn’t waste a second putting the machine away.
No longer bound by being near the dialysis machine, she’s free to travel and enjoy the life she always envisioned with her husband.
Cesar and Monica celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary on March 8 and are closer than ever.
“I guess after 23 years, we’re still a match,” the couple said, finishing each others sentences in a video by Memorial Healthcare.
The entire procedure took approximately five hours to complete, but will now give the couple an opportunity to experience a lifetime of bliss together.
Cesar, sitting at his wife’s side and holding her hand, appears just as excited as she is to have life returning to normal.
“My husband keeps reminding me that I have a piece of him inside me,” Monica said. “There’s always going to be a piece of him with me.”
“Little did we know … 23 years ago, that he would be the angel to save my life.”