Husband donates kidney to wife of 51 years after learning he’s a perfect match

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AUSTIN, Texas (KAKE) -

A Texas man gave his beloved wife of 51 years a very unique gift for Christmas this year.

High school sweethearts Mike and Peggy Nipper have been married for half a century. Earlier this year, polycystic kidney disease had pushed Peggy's body to the limit, KVUE reports. 

"You have dialysis and you have transplant," Peggy said, "Those are your choices when you get to that point."

Peggy told the ABC station in Austin that she lost her mother to the same disease years ago and kidney transplants can be a challenge. Some places don't take patients over 70 years old and a donor must match your blood and your tissue type.

But Peggy didn't have to wait. Her perfect match was right beside her all along. All these years, her husband was her perfect match. 

"I tell people she gave me her heart 50 years ago, so I will give her my kidney for the remainder," Mike told WTHR.

Mike and Peggy underwent a successful transplant just before the holidays.

“I'm going to count it as a Christmas present and maybe the next birthday present, too,” Mike said.