Bridesmaid donates kidney to groom-to-be
UNDATED (WHDH) -- They're a house divided, but Andy Tevepaugh and Brittany Gregory are young, in love and engaged.
Despite the fact that Tevepaugh’s Clemson and Brittany's Carolina, this couple has bigger things to worry about than a rivalry.
"Here we are in our twenties getting ready to get married and we're now looking at an organ transplant and dialysis. These things we never thought we would have to face,” said Gregory.
During a trip to the hospital after an accident Tevepaugh found out his kidneys were failing.
He needed dialysis and more importantly he needed a new kidney.
"I was in complete shock and utter disbelief of you know I’m 27 and this really can't be happening to me,” he said.
Andy was told he might have to wait two years to receive a new kidney, so they started looking for live donors someone who was O positive, and ready to help.
Allison Smith is Brittany's best friend. She's an avid Gamecock fan but more importantly a match.
"I’m looking forward to giving this gift,” said Smith.
It's a gift helping Tevepaugh get off daily dialysis and marry her best friend.
"This gives me a chance to live a more normal and healthier life because someone is being so selfless to give a vital organ like a kidney,” he said.
"They love each other so much and it's just a great example of a relationship, and you're like 'why them' but I think that God gives the biggest burdens to the people who can carry the weight,” said Smith.
Burdens handled best with a little humor.
"You know I told Andy that there's a huge risk that, you know I have a garnet and black kidney and there's a chance he could wake up a Carolina fan,” joked Smith.
A rivalry that will forever continue between fans who will forever be friends despite their colors.
No word yet on a wedding date for the couple or if the nuptials will be before or after Tevepaugh’s surgery.