Husband donates kidney for love’

PUBLISHED: 11:44 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:02 25 August 2010

A PENSIONER who had to stay in hospital for two months after donating a kidney to his wife says he did it for love.

A PENSIONER who had to stay in hospital for two months after donating a kidney to his wife says he did it for love.

Retired lorry-driver Horace Henning, 84, of Ramillies Road, Sidcup, gave his diabetic wife Dorothy, 65, his kidney on March 28, to put a stop to her thrice-weekly dialysis sessions.

During the operation the pensioner's spleen was nicked and he had to have it removed. Now he is out of hospital but says 'he is not 100 per cent'.

The father-of-two said: "When love comes into it, you don't regret anything. I love my wife very much. Even after more than 30 years of marriage. I still think the world of her. She's a treasure in every aspect.

"I said to her one day that if my kidney is a match, I'm quite prepared to give you one.

"It is just a case of loving somebody. We didn't think that all these things would happen. I just thought I love her and I want her to be 100 per cent.

"I was in a terrible state. I was in intensive care for five or six days. I wasn't conscious. I was having all sorts of weird dreams."

Now Mrs Henning is in Queen Mary's hospital, Sidcup, as soon after the transplant her potassium levels started creeping up.

The retired bank administrator said: "I couldn't believe him when he told me he was going to donate his kidney.

"My husband is magnificent. To give someone a kidney at that age is wonderful.

"We thought that we were going to lose him but he is a fighter.

"In one way I do regret it because it has caused so many problems to him.

"I love him to bits for doing this for me.

"He has made such a sacrifice for me."

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