Finding a life partner is challenging enough, but finding one that is willing to give the gift of life is even more special.
One Auburn couple found out they’re the perfect match in more ways than one. It was a match made in heaven.
“It’s kind of been a perfect balance, we are opposites but still similar with what we want to do,” said Lisa Summers.
Summers found love online when the dating site E-Harmony matched her with her future husband Dan.
“With him, I was like ‘I want to know more.’ It was pretty easy and to this date, we never fight,” she said.
The two married in 2016 and moved from Orange County to Auburn. They celebrated the birth of their son soon after. But by the end of last year, Dan had a health scare.
“I wasn’t feeling good in November/December. I started getting winded going up and downstairs,” said Dan.
Blood tests revealed he was in kidney failure, and he was immediately put on dialysis. When Lisa was tested to see if she could donate, doctors told her she was a near-perfect match.
“The chances are one in 100,000. And those types of donors last 20-30 years because your body can’t identify it’s not yours,” said Dan.
The surgery took place on Aug. 22 of this year at UCSF.
“We never knew something could be so easy and yet so rewarding,” Lisa said.
Dan’s recovery went well and so did Lisa’s.
“We’re like, it’s meant to be and it kinda confirmed that,” Lisa said.
The couple is amazed at their compatibility emotionally and physiologically. And Dan feels lucky because there is a five to seven-year waitlist in the United States for kidneys.
They said they now have a new appreciation for every moment together and with their son, Jasper.
“Being able to see him in front of me just holding my son’s hand or when he lifts him or those fun moments,” Lisa said. “It’s like there’s an extra appreciation to it, that my son gets to have his father growing up, you know.”
It’s a story they are happy to share now to encourage others to donate and in the future with their son.
“I hope it’s a lesson to him as to what to expect from family and from a spouse when he chooses a wife,” said Lisa.