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I gave up a kidney ..and got back the girl of my dreams; Donor hero Jackie paved way for transplant that changed Diane's life.

Byline: IAN RUSSELL reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

BRAVE Jackie Taylor has given the woman he loves a new lease of life - by donating one of his kidneys to a total stranger.

Thanks to his courage, partner Diane Borthwick can look forward to a life free of dialysis. And the happy couple can't wait to get married in November.

Heating engineer Jackie, 58, wanted to give partner Diane one of his kidneys after she was forced to spend more than six years on dialysis.

He was devastated when, after months of tests, doctors told him he wasn't a match.

"The door seemed closed," Jackie said. "It was a terrible time."

But then Jackie and Diane, of Kilmarnock, were told about an NHS "shared donation" scheme where Diane would get a matching kidney if he gave one of his to a stranger.

He signed up and had the operation three weeks ago. And within hours, Diane, 49, got the transplant she had longed for.

She said: "I knew it wouldn't be Jackie's kidney but it was as close as I could get.

"I felt great straight away, but of course Jackie didn't.

"I'd gained something, which meant no more dialysis for me. But Jackie had lost a kidney. He was very weak."

"I still am," Jackie added. "I have no appetite and I'm tired and sore.

"But I'm getting there - and looking forward to the wedding. That's given me a big lift."

Mum-of-three Diane, who runs a dog grooming salon, told our sister paper the Kilmarnock Standard: "It's a new life for me and my family. I just hope Jackie's back to normal soon.

"I'm very grateful to him, of course. So when he popped the question, what could I say?" Jackie and Diane are already planning their wedding - and honeymoon.

"When Diane was on dialysis there were only certain places we could go," said Jackie. "We had to make arrangements for her treatment wherever we went. "Now we can go wherever we want."

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