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Wife’s Kidney Donation Ends Divorce Plan

Posted on: June 20, 2007

Cindy Altemos, of South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania, gave an unexpected gift to her estranged husband. It even made national headlines.
After 10 years of marriage, Cindy and Chip Altemos had agreed to separate, start seeing other people and start divorce proceedings. According to the Associated Press, “all the woes and troubles” they brought from previous marriages seemed too great to overcome. Five years after separating, Chip ended up in the hospital with kidney failure. At the time, he was seeing another woman.
But Cindy, on the verge of becoming Chip’s ex-wife, said, “’He was still my husband. There was no way I could walk around with two kidneys and he had none.…It was the right thing to do.'”
When she agreed to donate a kidney, she told Chip that there were no strings attached; she didn’t expect a better share in divorce court. Chip was amazed.
The transplant took place February 21. As they spent everyday together in the hospital, they fell back in love again. Chip thought to himself ‘Why would I want to date someone else, when I have a woman who would give part of herself so I can keep living?’  So he put an end to his other relationship and asked her to come home from the hospital with him.
The two will be married 17 years in October.


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