Dr. Bob Weis was a very sick man.
Seven years ago, Weis was diagnosed with membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN), and from there his condition only continued to deteriorate. MPGN primarily affects the kidneys, and as a result Weis needed a transplant.
He was unable to qualify for the donor list due to his old age. His condition was constantly worsening, becoming a matter of life or death. Weis’s failing health forced him to quit his job as Chief of Anesthesia as he searched in vain for a volunteer donor.
His health hit a low point in 2016.
“He was in kidney failure for so long, that he developed congestive heart failure, and the congestive heart failure landed him in the hospital on life support for a couple weeks,” Weis’s wife, Dorothy, explained to Fox 10 News.
“That was really hard. For a while there we weren’t sure if he was going to live or die.”
During this painful time, Weis sought comfort in his family, unsure of what the future had in store for him, or even if he’d live to see the holiday season that year.
Bob’s daughter Kati, who is a reporter for Fox 10 TV, explained how through it all, her parents still maintained a relationship of love and care, which gave her father the strength to carry on.
“I never even imagined that marriage could be as nice as it has been,” Weis said.
With things looking grim and no one volunteering, his wife decided to get herself tested to find out if somehow, fate could keep them together.
“It was something I really wanted to do, and I had a peace about it,” Dorothy said. “There was a lot of prayer that went into the whole decision.”
After having the appropriate tests performed, Dorothy was shocked to learn that she was a perfect match for her ill husband. In November of 2016, she and her husband were wheeled off to surgery to begin the potentially life saving transplant surgery.
Due to their age, the surgery was not a guaranteed success.
“I was just as pleased as anything, and she is not only a match, she is a good match. That will probably give me 10 to 15 years of good life,” Bob said happily.
Kati said that her parents were very devoted to each other. They never hid their affections—even after decades of marriage they would still hold hands in public. Her mother’s willingness to go through such a scary procedure, was just another example of her love for her family.
“She made me realize how precious life is, and how good life with her is,” Weis said.
Now one year later, Bob and Dorothy are said to be happy and healthy, grateful to be able to continue on in life with one another.
As for whether or not Dorothy had any second thoughts about going through with the surgery, which at her age was risky, she said her decision was a no brainer.