Jan 6, 2010 4:18 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - The traditional wedding vow line "in
sickness and in health" has never been as true as it was for a New
Iberia man who showed there are no boundaries when it comes to
Brodie Dressel, 27, donated one of his kidneys in November to
his wife, Cindy, who was dying of end stage renal failure.
"I pretty much made the decision to donate once I heard the
diagnosis," Brodie Dressel said. "It pretty much had to be
Married for three years, the Dressels say Cindy's health
problems began after she gave birth to their daughter Abigail Rose
on Christmas Eve 2005.
One year after the birth, Cindy discovered she had renal failure
and would need to start treatment right away.
"We found out at Methodist Hospital in Houston," Cindy Dressel
said. "I had to be on peritoneal dialysis for three years."
Peritoneal dialysis is a type of treatment in which the patient
is able to do dialysis from home instead of traveling to the
Because diabetes runs in Brodie's family, Cindy worried that it
might be unwise for him to donate a kidney.
"I was very worried about his health, especially with him
losing one of his kidneys, because of his medical history," Cindy
It's rare for a spouse to match well enough to donate a kidney,
according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, a
service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It
said spouses made up 508 - 11.9 percent - of the 4,235 transplants
involving living donors in the year 2009.
The operation was Nov. 27, under Dr. Richard Knight.
Cindy said, "Everything went very, very well. We really
recovered very fast and are doing great today."
Brodie, who works at Channel Specialty Co. in New Iberia, says
the support he got at work was very helpful throughout the entire
"My boss, Tommy Ronsonet, was great in helping me out during
this time," Brodie Dressel said. "I had to take five weeks off
from work and it was OK."
Today, Brodie and Cindy are back at their home on Kramer Drive
and living a healthy life, which Cindy's sister, Carol Kilsby
credits to Brodie's great character.
"He really has been great," she said. "He didn't second guess
whether he should or shouldn't give up his kidney at all."
As for Brodie, he is just happy he could help out his wife any
way that he could.
"She is much happier today, definitely not as sick," Brodie
Dressel said. "We have been through a lot for a young couple in
the past five years. It has definitely made our marriage
Information from: The Daily Iberian, http://www.iberianet.com