ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Not flowers and hearts, but a kidney: A Minnesota man will get a Valentine's Day gift of a lifetime.
Ron Spanier and fiance Amy Anderson are preparing for the kidney donation Tuesday at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview.
American veteran detained in North Korea arrives home
Updated 37 minutes ago 12/7/2013 5:32:35 PM +00:00 An 85-year-old American war veteran detained for more than a month in North Korea arrived in the United States on Saturday, a day after he was unexpectedly released by Pyongyang for “humanitarian” reasons.
- Eleven dead as cold, ice and snow grip US
- Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $344 million -- highest this year
- Fasting for reform: Strikers starve over immigration
- US considered Nelson Mandela a terrorist until 2008
- American veteran detained in North Korea arrives home
Spanier's been on dialysis since last summer after a disease caused cysts in his kidneys. The two have a 3-month-old son. Spanier jokes that since Anderson gave him his first-born and a kidney, he figured he'd marry her.
Anderson tells the St. Cloud Times she understands the stress of medical problems. Her first husband died of a stroke. Anderson has two children from that marriage, a 10-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son. Spanier and Anderson will plan their wedding after they heal from the surgery.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.