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Husband to donate kidney to ailing wife

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Vickie and Don Black’s story together started 30 years ago. Vickie and Don Black’s story together started 30 years ago.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Wednesday is a big day inside the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office with some employees calling what is about to happen the ultimate sign of love.

No one was surprised at Lt. Don Black’s decision. He knew a kidney transplant was the only answer for his wife Vickie Black. He also knew the donated kidney would be his.

Vickie and Don Black’s story started 30 years ago. They called it love at first sight.

Don Black described what first attracted him years ago.

“How she carried herself,” he said. “She was very mature, dressed immaculate. The beauty of her really is what really drew me to her.”

Since the 1980s, they’ve laughed, held hands, had children, and lived a full, married life.

They’ve had plenty of good times, but not now.

“I was here one day at work, having some issues, and ended up in the hospital,” Vickie Black said.

She was diagnosed with kidney failure and was in need of a transplant.

The couple has worked at the sheriff’s office for 29 years. Don Black serves warrants while Vickie Black serves her fellow employees in HR.

Everyone who works there knows who is donating his kidney to Vickie Black.

“I went ahead and said, ‘I’ll be the one,’” Don Black said.

His decision was not surprising, but still overwhelming.

“It’s every emotion,” Vickie Black said. “Yesterday was one of those days it really hit me that it was happening.”

The surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.

Don Black said he believes that in marriage, two become one.

“It just dawned on me, what better way is it supposed to be supplied than your mate?” he said. “Because we are one.”

The couple plans to stay in the hospital for a while after the transplant and will likely share a room together.

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