Married At First Sight's Marilyse Corrigan donates kidney to save her ex's life


Married At First Sight’s Marilyse Corrigan shared a beaming snap from her hospital bed on Friday after donating one of her kidneys to save her ex Shaun’s life.

The reality star, 37, took part in a kidney donation scheme, where her organ went to a woman she has never met before, meaning Shaun received one in exchange. 

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

Amazing: Married At First Sight's Marilyse Corrigan shared a beaming snap from her hospital bed on Friday after donating one of her kidneys to save her ex Shaun's life

Amazing: Married At First Sight’s Marilyse Corrigan shared a beaming snap from her hospital bed on Friday after donating one of her kidneys to save her ex Shaun’s life

In the post she happily proclaimed that ‘her job was done now’ and that she was going home to rest, before adding an update on Shaun’s condition saying he was ‘doing well’.  

Posting from her hospital bed, the star who looked relaxed in a cream hoodie, said: ‘We did it! I look far better than I feel for sure.

‘Thank you for all the messages of support.

‘It has honestly helped get me through the last few days. Hearing so many stories of donations, I have read every message and it has been so comforting to read.

Family: The reality star, 37, took part in a kidney donation scheme, where her organ went to a woman she has never met before, meaning Shaun received one in exchange (Shaun is pictured with their son Josh, 13)

Family: The reality star, 37, took part in a kidney donation scheme, where her organ went to a woman she has never met before, meaning Shaun received one in exchange (Shaun is pictured with their son Josh, 13) 

‘I’ve just been to see Shaun, he is doing well, he actually looks better than I do! Which is to be expected.

‘Home time. Need my bed & lots of rest now. My job is now done.’ 

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

The mum of two, 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.  

Happy: In the post she happily proclaimed that 'her job was done now' and that she was going home to rest, before adding an update on Shaun's condition saying he was 'doing well'

Happy: In the post she happily proclaimed that ‘her job was done now’ and that she was going home to rest, before adding an update on Shaun’s condition saying he was ‘doing well’

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.’ 

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.

Wow! The mum of two, 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 two, 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

However, things took a turn for the worst when the coronavirus pandemic meant all operations were cancelled, meaning the operation had been on standby for nearly two years .

‘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.

What is Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)  

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder in which fluid filled sacs, called cysts, grow on the kidneys. 

Signs and symptoms of the disease include high blood pressure, headaches, abdominal pain, blood in the urine, excessive urination and back pain.  

There are currently no approved treatment or therapies to prevent the progression of the disease. 

‘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.’

Marilyse was 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. 

‘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.’

Marilyse is raising funds for Kidney Research UK and has set up a Just Giving page. 

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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