Simon Louis and Mary Emmanuelle met back in the 90s and became great friends. Then in 2014, Mary collapsed at home and was rushed to the hospital where she learned she had end-stage kidney disease. Her only savior would be a transplant, but with her rare B-Negative blood, chances were slim.
By this time, Simon and Mary had been dating for some time and he visited her every day and helped care for her often staying the night to feed and bathe her. It was then that Simon got tested to see if he shared her blood type and turns out he was a match. After learning he was a good fit, they both underwent months of assessment before the successful surgery. The two, who now lived in Louis’ East London flat, nursed one another back to health.
And then, when the two were on the mend, Simon proposed marriage.
Even though the couple had been friends for over 20 years and they had been dating a long time, she got her kidney and then, reportedly, "let him down gently." According to Emmanuelle, "I think I’d worry if we got married it would in some way damage our special friendship and also I don’t want to get wed until I’m fully better health-wise."
Despite her no, Simon says he doesn’t regret a thing. “I didn’t think twice about it. There’s no question about doing something like that for someone you love.”