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Wife donates kidney to husband for Valentine's Day

Melissa Degesso-Jones, from Ohio, is giving her husband the ultimate Valentine's Day present - a new kidney.

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Melissa will have her kidney transplanted to James at Florida Hospital on Monday. (AFP/Getty Images)

Melissa Degesso-Jones' Valentine's Day present to her husband is hard to beat - a new kidney.

In the ultimate act of love, Melissa will have surgery on Monday to enable her husband, John, to get a second chance at life.

John has been suffering renal failure for a number of years and recently doctors told him he would require a kidney transplant, Orlando's News 13. 

His wife immediately stepped in, offering to donate one of her kidneys.

"There wasn't any reservation, or never did I ever fathom the idea I wouldn't be," said Melissa.

"That's the funny part. I never thought, 'Oh, what if I don't match?' I just assumed I would."

She was correct, with the test results showing a perfect match. 

"Everything matched," James told News 13.

"It was just a gift from God."

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130209/wife-donates-kidney-husband-valentines-day