Terry Lee will be donating his kidney to girlfriend Trisha Beckwith on Feb. 14. The couple is from Chicago. Photos by Susan Urmy
Nashville, TN --A 32-year-old man is giving his girlfriend his kidney today, Valentine's Day.
Terry Lee and Trisha Beckwith had only been dating for about four months when she was diagnosed with Lupus, an autoimmune disease.
Her kidneys were not functioning, and she was told she needed a transplant.
The couple was in Nashville from Chicago, traveling here to have the procedure done at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Her family was quickly ruled out because they all have high blood pressure.
Then there was Terry, the apartment maintenance man that she met at a party and had dated ever since.
She figured he'd be long gone. Who wants to start a relationship with a woman who was on dialysis and lost her hair?
But Lee did.
"The way I measure love is this: If you take the person out of the equation, and don't like the way your life looks without them, you are probably in love."
So, at her hospital bedside, he told her he wanted to give her his kidney.
His blood type was O, and he was a match.
"The decision was easy," Lee said before he went into surgery this morning. "I care about her, love her, and want her to live a normal life."
Beckwith is in her hospital room waiting until her 9:45 a.m. surgery.
She said she is not nervous.
Just hopes Lee is OK.
Written by Erin Quinn, The Tennessean