A husband gave the gift of life this holiday season, by giving his wife a kidney.

She has been battling kidney disease for years.

Just when her health was getting worse, the couple from Iowa made a discovery. They share the same blood type: A-negative.

The transplant was a success, but the husband said he had ulterior motives.

"To me it’s a selfish decision to do this because I want to spend more time with her, and I want it to be quality time rather than being worried about being hooked up to a dialysis machine, or how that impacts her life," Wayne Thelander said.

The couple said they’re healthy and feeling great. 

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