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Police Detective and Wife Celebrate Valentine's Every Day

Brian Reyes Brian Reyes
Jodi Reyes Jodi Reyes

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL)- For a Honolulu police officer and his wife, every day is like Valentine's Day. Two years ago, Pearl City Detective Brian Reyes received the ultimate gift from her, the gift of life.

Brian Reyes and his dog, Nani, have a huge thing in common. Their lives began two years ago.

"I think about it every day," Reyes said. "You know, I'm blessed."

Around the same time, the man with failing kidneys got a new pup and a healthy organ.

"I don't know what to say," he said. "It's just an awesome gift."

His unlikely donor, his wife Jodi. The chances, one in a million.

"I knew it was right, you know," Jodi Reyes said.

We first met Brian in November 2004. The Honolulu police detective was a prisoner of his own body, chained to nightly dialysis.

"It's a challenge," he said at the time.

When Jodi came up as a match for a transplant, the pair traveled to San Francisco for the life-changing procedure.

"Nervous, scared," Brian Reyes said about the operation. "Then when I saw them wheel her past me, we said our goodbyes."

A selfless wife undergoes major surgery, giving up a piece of herself to save her husband. The operation, a success.

"As soon as they hooked up her kidney, it was functioning. It took," he said. "They said it was a strong kidney and it just took."

"It took about a month, maybe, to feel better," Jodi Reyes said. "But after that, it was fine."

Just a week after the operation, the miracle couple took a photo near the Golden Gate Bridge.

"It made us a lot closer," Brian Reyes said.

"He's got a lot more color," his wife said. "We're able to go and stay out later, you know, do a lot more."

Do more, like shopping.

"'Oh, can you get me this?' And I'll look at her and she's over there expecting me to say no. But, eh, go ahead," Brian Reyes said, laughing.

And you know Jodi's working it.

"She teases me. 'I gave you that kidney.' I say, 'Oh okay,'" Brian Reyes said.

"I say, 'Don't forget it, kay,'" Jodi Reyes said, laughing.

Now truly connected, the couple plans a quiet Valentine's Day.

"Dinner together, spend the evening together, probably just walk around, try to walk on the beach," Brian Reyes said.

The detective is back at work, and spreading the word about organ donation.

"Life saver," he said.

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