Match Made in Heaven: Virtua Nurse to Donate Kidney to HusbandLast Edited:
April is Organ Donor Awareness Month and one Camden County couple is counting its blessings before going under the knife on Wednesday morning, April, 19th for a transplant procedure.
It’s been over two decades since Bert Fox received the call that he was finally getting a liver transplant.
“My kidneys are failing now and more than likely it’s because of the anti-rejection medicine,” says Bert Fox.
But lucky for him, his perfect match in life just happens to be his perfect match for the transplant.
“I said, ‘That’s it, I’ll give you my kidney.’ I’m O positive he’s A positive. He said, ‘You don’t know if we’ll be a match,’ and I said, ‘You don’t know that we won’t,’” says his wife Angel Fox.
His angel in disguise was right and after months of tests, the Virtua nurse and her husband are now ready to finally have surgery.
“I was worried about her at first," says Bert Fox. "But, it gives me a chance to move [on] with my life and spend more time with her and our grand kids and my son. That’s what I live for.”
Since his first transplant back in 1995 the couple has become advocates for organ donation.
“We have to let people know, there’s not enough organs to go around," says Angel Fox. "So, somebody has to realize how they’re not going to give an organ and die because of it."
“I also do sports with Team Philadelphia, which is an organization that goes to the Transplant Olympics," says Bert Fox. "It’s just like the regular Olympics, but everybody who participates had a transplant.”
So far he’s won 22 medals in swimming and volleyball.
“We set these mini goals and for transplant people, every day is a blessing," says Angel Fox. "Just to have the 22 years he’s had and to be able to go on with that. I can’t live without him.”
The two plan to head to Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia Wednesday morning for the procedure. After the surgery, the couple plans on recovering by each other's side at their Cherry Hill home with the help of their family, friends and transplant community.
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