How George Will Repay His Wife for Donating Her Kidney
May 12, 2005

It was a shocking health scare that could have cost George Lopez his life. Now TVís clown prince is getting very serious in a "Primetime Live" interview about the kidney transplant that saved him.

"I was toxic, man. I could have died. I could have died in my sleep," Lopez reveals in the interview. "[Now] I feel better than I ever have in my life. It hasn't even been a month and I feel alive. I feel as good as I did bad. I mean, it's unbelievable. Everything has changed; my personality has changed, my appetite has changed, my energy level has changed. I sweat now. I never sweat before I mean it's just amazing."

What is even more amazing is the story behind the transplant: Ann, George's wife of 12 years, volunteered to donate her kidney to him.

"There was no question I love my husband," she tells Primetime. "And you know, when you're put in that position, where you could possibly lose someone you love, it's a very easy decision. It is."

But it was a decision so private that George even kept it from his co-stars, including TV wife Constance Marie. "He didn't tell anybody until he'd already had the operation," Marie remembers.

Now a healthy and happy George is ready to repay the real love of his life. "Just be good to her, and honor her, and love her... that's how I'm going to do it," George declares. "She's it, man. She's it and she's been telling me she's it forever. And it took me a long time to believe it, but she's right. She is it."


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