- A Zambian husband stayed true to his marriage vows and selflessly donated his kidney to save his wife's life
- His wife was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2003 but could not find a donor
- The husband overcame opposition from his own family
A 50-year-old husband in Chingola, Zambia stayed true to his marriage vows and selflessly donated his kidney to save his wife's life.
In 2003, Elalious Chileshe's wife Irene, 43, experienced unexplained symptoms including vomiting headaches. When James Chabu, a nephrologist at Konkola Copper Mines where the couple works, conducted tests, he diagnosed her with chronic kidney disease and said she needed a kidney transplant to survive.
However, finding a kidney donor was not easy, and Irene's blood sister reportedly declined to help despite being a match. This prompted Elalious to declare to this wife that he was ready to donate his kidney because they are one.
Further tests confirmed that the couple had the same blood type and Elalious could therefore donate his kidney. However, he encountered opposition from his family, who feared for his life if he lived with one kidney.
Elalious was nevertheless resolute: “I knew that if I did not donate the kidney she would eventually die and I would remain alone and guilty for the rest of my life. I could not think of what I could have told our children if my wife died because I refused to donate a kidney."