New York City man gives wife kidney for Valentine's Day

A man in New York City gave the gift of life for Valentine's Day by donating a kidney to his wife of 40 years.
February 16, 2014 5:26:35 PM PST
She already had his heart. So this Valentine's Day, a New York City woman's husband gave her the ultimate gift -- the gift of life.

Joy and Richard Mach have been married 40 years and say they're the perfect match. Thankfully, so did Joy's doctors.

She was in urgent need of a kidney. So the day before Valentine's Day, Richard donated one of his to his ailing wife.

"Without a kidney match, she was not going to live a long life," Richard said.

"It was very sentimental," Joy said. "It was very, you know, words of love and appreciation."

She jokingly added, "He couldn't come up with anything else to give me for Valentine's Day so he gave me a kidney."

The couple kissed and said, "see you on the other side," as surgeons wheeled them into their side-by-side operating rooms.

Both are now recovering side-by-side in their Manhattan home.

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