DOLTON, Ill. – A Dolton woman is grieving the loss of her husband after they were perfect matches for his kidney donation earlier this year.
Marques Johnson, a Pop Warner coach and administrator, was suffering from failing kidneys.
He had no luck finding a donor, until his wife, Viola Johnson, who is a nurse, volunteered to be tested.
It’s extremely rare for unrelated living adults to match, and there’s even a smaller chance that a kidney match will come from your spouse.
But after testing, they found they were indeed compatible for a transplant.
She donated one of her kidneys to him and the story of his life-threatening medical challenge seemed like it would have a happy ending.
But Viola would soon find out that real life doesn’t always have a storybook endings.
WGN’s Mike Lowe has the heartbreaking story.