Scripps Organ Transplant Patients Share Heartfelt Story

Husband donated kidney to wife nearly six years ago

KUSI host Lauren Phinney, and husband and wife, Annabelle and Robert Villarreal of Chula Vista on KUSI news studio.

From left: KUSI anchor Lauren Phinney, Annabelle Villarreal and Robert Villarreal

Husband donated kidney to wife nearly six years ago

Robert and Annabelle Villarreal recently shared their heartwarming organ donation story on KUSI and CBS 8. Robert donated one of his kidneys to his wife Annabelle, who was suffering from kidney failure.The successful kidney transplant was performed at Scripps Green Hospital.


Robert’s lead transplant surgeon was Randolph Schaffer III, MD, and Annabelle’s lead transplant surgeon was Christopher Marsh, MD.


Watch the segment on CBS 8: Chula Vista couple celebrates kidney transplant


Watch the segment on KUSI: Special Thanksgiving for husband who donated kidney to wife five years ago.

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