Former childhood sweethearts, whose fairytale ended after 24 years of marriage and two youngsters, nonetheless fulfilled their guarantees of “in sickness and in health” after Mary Zeigler offered her ex-husband Bill Henrichs with a kidney.
The pair, who first met at 14, stated they remained cordial over the years for the sake of their youngsters, aged 8 and 5 on the time of the divorce, and stayed shut even after Henrichs remarried a number of years later.
“It’s kind of an unusual story,” Mary Zeigler, 62, advised Fox 9.
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In February, Henrichs, who’s now married to spouse Linda, realized he wanted a kidney, and Zeigler rapidly stepped ahead.
“You know for me, it wasn’t even a decision,” she advised the information outlet. “You know it was kind of like him calling up and saying, ‘Can you come over and help us rake leaves.’ That’s how I think of it.”
She spent the month prior to October’s transplant consuming clear and consuming water.
“The doctor did say it was an excellent kidney when I woke up,” Henrichs advised the information outlet.
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The former couple stated their youngsters love telling others the story, and that they hope it is going to encourage different exes.
“If this story changes one person’s actions or attitude towards their ex, it’ll be all worth it,” Zeigler advised Fox 9.