Man who received wife's kidney recovering

LEE COUNTY Christa and Tommy Mashburn say they have celebrated Christmas and Thanksgiving every day for the past four weeks.

"There is no other better love than to give the person you love anything they need to help keep them around and that's what she did for me," Tommy Mashburn said.

He and his wife met in 1998 and got married in 2003. Two years later, Tommy's kidneys began failing.

When they started looking for a matching donor Christa was a near perfect match.

"He has always been my soul mate and the love of my life, but now he is a part of me," Christa Mashburn said.

Four weeks ago, she gave her husband one of her kidneys and Tommy says he's never felt better.

"There was no physical pain for me before just a feeling of being drained all the time," he said. "That is completely gone 100 percent gone."

However the Mashburns say an outpouring of love and support from the Broadway community where they live is really an answered prayer.

"Moral support, financial, you know just the people who have signed up on a Web site offering to bring us food three nights a week, that's an incredible load lifted off us," Christa Mashburn said.

"And we have been blessed beyond mention and we couldn't thank the people enough for what they have done," Tommy Mashburn added.

Tommy says his prognosis is excellent. He says Christa and him will recuperate at home until the first of the year.

"We've always been thankful, but now we have more to be thankful for," Christa Mashburn said.

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