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Sheila and John Ford are making plans to renew their wedding vows in November after a year where they have both been recovering from very serious surgery.
John became ill after he retired, before going into kidney failure.
He was put onto the organ donation register, and both his daughter and nephew were tested to see if they would be a match - but neither were.
John's wife Sheila was then tested and proved to be a match. The surgery took place earlier this year and both are now making a full recovery at their home in South Shields.
Sheila Ford was able to give her husband John an extremely important present earlier this year, when she donated her kidney to him.
John began to suffer from kidney failure shortly after he retired, and at one point was taken off the donor list because he was so unwell.
Both husband and wife are now recovering well after the operation that saved John's life.
A man was given a kidney by his wife.
John Ford had been suffering from kidney failure and was put onto the organ donation register shortly after he retired.
His daughter and nephew were tested to see if they were suitable donors but they proved not to be a match.
But a test on his wife proved positive and an operation was carried out earlier this year and they are both making their recovery at their South Shields home.
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When John Ford needed a new kidney doctors searched the country for donors. Little did they know the answer to his prayers lived with him.