BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - We first introduced you to Tracy and PJ Spraggins about a year ago. At that point it was very apparent
Lupus, the disease that she had battled since the age of 6, was beginning to take its toll. And just when it seemed like she was running out of options, fate, maybe faith, took a hand.
"We actually prayed together every night about this, about the kidney transplant," Tracey said.
"It feels amazing. It feels awesome," PJ added.
They can smile about it now. But up until six weeks ago, what many dubbed a miracle, seemed like anything but.
Even though PJ Spraggins was a perfect match, he had been told by doctors
because of his high blood pressure.
"That was kind of a kick in the stomach if you will," PJ said.
Especially considering he had lost weight, changed his diet, and literally done everything he possibly could to get himself in a position to help.
"But we kept going. Kept getting tested at different hospitals," PJ said.
The Spraggins went from Birmingham to Atlanta, to finally Nashville. At each step, PJ kept working in the gym, praying something would change and one day, it did.
"Once he got to Vanderbilt and he got the same blood pressure monitor. His blood pressure readings were perfect, Tracy said."
"And that's what happened. Kept losing weight the natural way. You know, just kept working out,” PJ said.
The surgery was a huge success. The was couple side by side from start to recovery.
"We waited we prayed and everything turned out great," Tracy said.
The Spraggins returned to Birmingham just a few weeks back, their old life with a new beginning.
"The way my kidney function is now, it's at 100 percent. And it's at the best it's ever been,” Tracy said.
"The whole experience has been amazing. I mean just the feeling you get knowing that I was able to help my wife have a better quality of life. That…that means a lot," PJ added.
Things are slowly returning to normal. But because of the surgery's recovery period both Tracy and PJ have been unable to work for about two months so money has been tight.
An online fund has been set up to help them. Click here to donate: