There is no present more precious than the gift of life ... and that’s exactly what Myra Robbie handed to her husband Ken last week.
The big-hearted former learning support teacher jumped at the chance of donating a kidney to her beloved partner once she learned that she was a perfect match.
The couple, from Haggs, went under the knife at Glasgow’s Western General Hospital last week - exactly a year to the day that Ken first began dialysis.
The operation was a complete success and the couple are now recovering at home.
The Robbies know that they’ve reached the end of an incredible journey - and one that few people complete so smoothly. The chances of an unrelated organ donor matching, such as a spouse, are around one in 100,000.
There are currently 492 people in Scotland still waiting on a kidney transplant.
“We’ve been so lucky,” said Ken (64), a retired quantity surveyor. “Not just with Myra being a perfect match. The doctors told us that 41 per cent of donated kidneys do not work straight away, but mine did.”
When she discovered that Ken would need a transplant last year, Myra (60) wasted no time in putting herself forward as a potential donor - and so did daughter Alison (31), a well-known sports broadcaster with Clyde 1.
She said: “Alison is still young and it made sense for me to do it. I’ve already raised my family. Alison would have done it, but I said let them try me first.
“I didn’t feel brave, I just did what I had to do for Ken.
“I had no idea that it is so rare for a partner to be a perfect match. It really is quite amazing. We’re so lucky.”
Ken, who is originally from Forfar, began dialysis at Forth Valley Royal last year, a process he described as “draining”.
“I was determined not to let it disrupt my routine,” he added. “But it really takes it out of you.”
The keen bowler is now expected to regain full fitness, meaning he can return to playing at Cumbernauld Village Bowling Club, where he and Myra have been members for more than 30 years.
The Robbies are also planning a well-deserved holiday to coincide with their ruby wedding anniversary next year.
In the meantime, they’re enjoying spending time with their son Steven (33), an army staff sergeant, who is currently visiting home along with wife Liz and ten-month-old son Euan.
And the couple are eager that anyone not currently on the organ donor register should sign up without delay.
“You could save someone’s life,” said Myra.
You can join the Organ Donor Register, by logging on to www.organdonation.nhs.uk.