PJ Spraggins was devastated when doctors told his wife Tracy that her lupus would kill her if she didn't get a kidney transplant.
The couple received another blow when the Birmingham, Ala., resident was told that he could not donate one of his own because of his weight and blood pressure.
"That was a real kick in the gut," PJ admitted to the 'Daily Mail.'
Weighing 265 pounds at the beginning of 2013, he set out on a two-year long journey of diet and exercise.
PJ at his wedding in 2003 (left) vs. the end of 2014. (Photo Credit: Facebook)
He had frequent check-ins with doctors to track his progress and manage his blood pressure. By the end of 2014, PJ got the green light that he was healthy enough to undergo the operation.
On Feb. 24, 2015, Tracy and PJ underwent a four-hour surgery together, and the duo are now recovering at home.
The couple before the surgery. (Photo Credit: Facebook)
"We waited, we prayed, and everything turned out great," Tracy told Fox 10 TV of the joint procedures. She added that her kidney function is now "the best it's ever been."
As for how PJ feels after surgery: "The whole experience has been amazing. I mean just the feeling you get knowing that I was able to help my wife have a better quality of life. That…that means a lot," he shared.
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