“It was the most amazing day of my life, until two days later. That was also the most amazing day of my life," the bride said
Two days after Debby Neal-Strickland took her vows, the big-hearted bride made her way to the hospital to donate her kidney. The lucky recipient was none other than her brand-new husband, Jim Strickland's former wife Mylaen Merthe.
According to the Good News Network, Debby and Jim have been together for a decade and throughout their courtship, he maintained a cordial relationship with his ex, Mylaen Merthe, raising their two kids amicably. While Debby and Mylaen weren’t particularly close, they got along fine. Mylaen suffered from kidney disease which took a turn for the worse at just about the same time she learned that her daughter was pregnant with her first grandchild. Her kidneys were functioning at just 8% of normal capacity. Without a transplant, her odds of survival decreased every day. Mylaen's brother wasn't a viable candidate so they began their desperate search for a donor. Miraculously, Debby was.
Debby did not want Mylean's grandchild to grow up without her and most of all she didn't want Jim and Mylean's daughter to be dealing with grief when she should be concentrating on her child. Debby had herself lost a brother to cystic fibrosis while waiting for a lung transplant, so she knew time was of the essence. Once she was told that she was a match, Debby willingly scheduled the life-saving surgery for just 48 hours after her nuptials.
“It was the most amazing day of my life, until two days later. That was also the most amazing day of my life,” she told Fox News.
Since the procedure, Mylaen and Debby have bonded and call themselves the “kidney sisters.” Mylaen is now watching her new grandson Jackson grow up from the home she currently shares with her daughter and son-in-law all thanks to a “gesture from the heart.”
“This is what the world is about. Family. We need to stick together. She saved my life," Mylean told Fox.