Woman Marries Man Who Saved Her Life with Liver Transplant
When Heather Krueger was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver disease a couple years ago, her life was saved by Chris Dempsey, a man she had never met before who was willing to donate part of his liver to save her. That wonderful story turned into a true fairy tale ending last weekend when Krueger and Dempsey got married.
It was March 2014 when Krueger was told by her doctors that her disease had progressed to Stage 4 and that she would need a liver transplant. However, time was quickly running out.
“I was told I had less than a 50 percent chance of living more than two months. It was traumatic,” she explains. “I could really feel my body shutting down.”
That was when Dempsey entered the picture. He overheard one of his co-workers, who happened to be Krueger’s cousin, talking about her unfortunate situation and her immediate need for a transplant.
“I spent four years in the Marine Corps and learned there never to run away from anything. So I just said to myself, ‘Hey, if I can help, I’m going to help,'” Dempsey explains.
Dempsey was tested and turned out to be a match as a potential donor for Krueger. It was only then that the two met for the first time.
“We had lunch together, discussed what the whole process was going to be,” Krueger recalls. Soon after that, the two underwent a successful transplant operation in which half of Dempsey’s liver was removed and given to Krueger.
In the months that followed, while Krueger and Dempsey were both recovering from the surgery, they grew increasingly close, and soon realized they were falling in love. Last weekend, the couple married in a church outside Chicago.
“You are the most incredible man I have ever known,” Krueger said in her vows. “You believe in me and you make me feel amazing every single day. Because of you, I laugh, smile and I dare to dream again.”
Imagine, a storybook ending that all began with Dempsey donating his liver to a complete stranger.