Longview Man Gets Kidney from Wife

A man in Longview is getting the gift of life from his wife this holiday season. For almost 20 years, 39 year old Steve Brunson has had to undergo dialysis for kidney disease. He's had two transplants, his body rejecting one, the second failed. But through it all, he kept hope one day he would get a new kidney and be free of machines. And now, his wife Sandy has turned out to be a match.

She and Steve will go to the Mayo clinic in Minnesota next month for the nine hour transplant operation and a new life after that. The Brunsons will spend four weeks at the Mayo clinic for recovery and evaluation before returning in February.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.