A Scots woman is donating her kidney to a complete stranger as part of a groundbreaking scheme in a bid to save her sick partner.

Vicki Robertson will give a kidney to someone so partner Kevin Taylor can receive a life-saving transplant from another donor in return.

Devoted Vicki, originally from Kirriemuir, Angus, was determined to help her beloved partner despite not being a 100% match.

The Mirror reports the couple joined UK Living Kidney Sharing Scheme - a groundbreaking initative helping people find a successful transplant match.

Vicki, 36, said: “I was disappointed that I couldn’t give my kidney directly to Kevin.

"But I’ll be helping someone else and by doing that, Kevin also gets the chance of a life with some kind of normality.

“Having one kidney will help me understand how he feels.

"He’ll finally have a chance of a better life.

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"We don’t know who will get my kidney, or who will be giving a kidney to Kevin.”

Kevin, 41, has suffered from chronic kidney failure since he was diagnosed at 15 with rare blood disorder Wegener’s Granulomatosis.

His kidney function is at just 8%. and he has to rely on dialysis three times a day, seven days a week.

The caring couple are hoping for a lifetime of walking the dog together

The former assistant golf professional said: “I’ll be gaining a kidney, but Vicki will be losing one, so it is a massive thing for her.

"Donors can lead a normal life after the recovery phase and transform the life of someone in need.”

Even though Vicki was not a 100% match, she was initially going to donate her kidney to Kevin in April last year, but surgery was cancelled due to Covid.

The couple, who live in Darlington, Co Durham, were asked to rejoin the sharing scheme after lockdown.

They will plan their wedding if the transplant works.

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