MAF UK's Marilyse Corrigan reveals she will donate kidney to ex-partner in bid to save his life


Marilyse Corrigan has revealed she will undergo surgery on Tuesday in order to donate a kidney to her ex-partner Shaun, to save his life.

The Married At First Sight UK star, 36, will be taking part in a kidney donation scheme, where her organ will go to a woman she has never met before, meaning Shaun, will receive one in exchange.

Shaun suffers with polycystic kidney disease, which causes numerous cysts to grow , reducing kidney function and leading to kidney failure. 

'This is for my kids': Marilyse Corrigan has revealed she will undergo surgery in order to donate a life-saving kidney to her ex-partner on Tuesday, who suffers with polycystic kidney disease

‘This is for my kids’: Marilyse Corrigan has revealed she will undergo surgery in order to donate a life-saving kidney to her ex-partner on Tuesday, who suffers with polycystic kidney disease

Although Marilyse is healthy, tests results showed she is not the correct fit for her former partner, who was told he would need dialysis and a donor transplant in 2019.

The mum of three, who shares Josh, 13, and Callum, 15, with Shaun, kept her plans completely secret until recently and was motivated by the distress of her children.  

She told OK! magazine, ‘They were very upset because they don’t understand it. And we had to explain to them what it meant and they had to witness, when they were staying with their dad and he’d be on the [dialysis] machine every night.’

Wow! The mum of three, who shares Josh, 13, (right) and Callum, 15, (left) with Shaun, kept her plans completely secret until recently and was motivated by the distress of her children

Wow! The mum of three, who shares Josh, 13, (right) and Callum, 15, (left) with Shaun, kept her plans completely secret until recently and was motivated by the distress of her children

The reality star went on to add that none of his family are able to give their own kidney due to various reasons, including their own health conditions, and Shaun had been on a very competitive waiting list for a dead donor.

After Shaun had visited her house to see their boys, Marilyse surprised him with a letter which detailed her plans. After she presented it to him, he was moved to tears by the kind gesture, she said.

However, things took a turn for the worst when the coronavirus pandemic meant all operations were cancelled, meaning the operation has been on standby for nearly two years – but it will be going ahead in a matter of days now.

‘I signed all the paperwork and Covid hit. Shaun couldn’t have the kids because he had to isolate – he was a high risk patient. So I had the kids for a year while he did a few window visits to say hi to them.

‘So for me, this is my kids needing the kidney because I needed it for their dad, so that’s how I look at it. And because my kids are so important and valuable to me then it makes the whole situation right.’

Brave: The MAFS UK star, 36, will be taking part in a kidney donation scheme, where her organ will go to a woman, meaning Shaun will receive one in exchange (pictured in 2021)

Brave: The MAFS UK star, 36, will be taking part in a kidney donation scheme, where her organ will go to a woman, meaning Shaun will receive one in exchange (pictured in 2021)

Marilyse will be in hospital for only one night, but joked that she ‘won’t be able to lift anything other than a cup of tea’ but will tune in to Married At First Sight Australia.

Meanwhile, Shaun will be treated with medication in hospital for between seven and days due to the risk of his body rejecting the kidney.

The Yorkshire native wed military man and fellow fitness fanatic Franky, 47, on the latest series of the E4 show.

And to the shock of viewers Marilyse had decided to stay with her Dubai-based husband, who had been dubbed ‘controlling’ by fans, after the programme ended in the couple’s vow renewal.

But speaking to The Sun, she revealed her relationship with Franky turned into more of a friendship.

Hilarious: Marilyse will be in hospital for only one night, but joked that she 'won't be able to lift anything other than a cup of tea' but will tune in to Married At First Sight Australia

Hilarious: Marilyse will be in hospital for only one night, but joked that she ‘won’t be able to lift anything other than a cup of tea’ but will tune in to Married At First Sight Australia

‘It’s really sad as we got on really well and Franky has a heart of gold,’ said Marilyse, explaining that it was a mutual decision to end their relationship.

Adding that the experience was ‘full-on’, she admitted: ‘I saw a lot of Franky and that probably spoiled it because we spent too much time together.

Eventually things just went a bit dry and we ended up being more like friends than people in a relationship.’

Following the show, Franky moved to Beverly, while he looked for a job in Leeds, amid planning his return to the UK from Dubai.

Moving: After Shaun had visited her house to see their boys, Marilyse surprised him with a letter which detailed her plans. After she presented it to him, he was moved to tears

Moving: After Shaun had visited her house to see their boys, Marilyse surprised him with a letter which detailed her plans. After she presented it to him, he was moved to tears

Marilyse said her children ‘really got on with Franky’, who she is still friends with.

However the star has since revealed that she speaks with ‘amazing’ Luke Dawson – who married Morag Crichton, 31, from Essex – every day.

She told The Sun: ‘I’ll say it, I do really like Luke, I think he’s a lovely guy and he has the potential to be the perfect partner for me.’

‘We have a very close friendship; we speak most days and I think he’s really cool and amazing.’

She continued: ‘I kind of clicked with him at the first dinner party – we’re both the same age, we’re both reserved, laidback and not out there.’

However, Marilyse went on to say that she doesn’t know whether the off-show recoupling would work because the pair are ‘so similar’ – but added on the contrary, that may also be a reason it does work.

Despite admitting she’s only ever looked at Luke in a ‘friendly way,’ she added that she ‘doesn’t know what the future holds.’

What a pair! The Yorkshire native wed military man and fellow fitness fanatic Franky, 47, on the latest series of the E4 show

What a pair! The Yorkshire native wed military man and fellow fitness fanatic Franky, 47, on the latest series of the E4 show

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