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Special thank you to partner who donated kidney

Ben Fowles proposed to partner of 11 years Jade Crawford on Good Morning Britain. Photo: Good Morning Britain/ITV

"It wasn't really a decision...he's never asked me, and there was never a doubt that I wouldn't," a woman who donated her kidney to her partner told Good Morning Britain.

He might not have asked her to donate her kidney, but this morning Ben Flowes did ask Jade Crawford to marry him, saying a very special thank you to his "perfect match" by proposing live on the programme.

A shocked Ms Crawford said "yes" before he'd even got the words out.

Mr Fowles, 29, and Ms Crawford, 27, who live in Yardley, Birmingham with their two children, 7-year-old Phoebe-Jo and Mollie, 4, have been together for 11 years, but discovered they really were a perfect match two years ago when Mr Fowles found out that he needed a kidney transplant.

A routine medical check at work showed Mr Fowles' blood pressure at heart attack level.

Further tests at Coventry's Walsgrave Hospital revealed he was suffering from chronic kidney disease and the biopsy showed both his kidneys were only working at around 34%; transplant was the only option.

Mr Fowles mother, father and brother were all ruled out as potential donors by medics, but Ms Crawford was a match and didn't think twice about donating.

"I don't think there's anybody out there in my situation who wouldn't do that," she said.

Before the operation in May, Mr Fowles was often tired and irritable, but he now has much more energy and is looking forward to returning to work as an HGV mechanic at the end of the month - and marrying Ms Crawford, of course.

I'm like a new man. It's unbelievable.

– Ben Fowles