Humble (Texas) High head football coach Charles West calls his wife "my better half," and as soon as doctors give the high school sweethearts the go-ahead on a potentially life-saving transplant surgery, there will be even more meaning behind that sentiment.
Later this year, West is scheduled to donate exactly one half of his two kidneys to wife Latasha Smith-West, who was diagnosed with Lupus when the first of their two children were born, according to a feature in The Humble Observer (h/t MaxPreps).
“She’s my better half. If anything ever happened to her, I don’t know what I would do," West told the paper of his wife, whom he met as a high school kid in 1992. "It is unbelievable the support Humble ISD and the community have shown my family and I; we’re blessed. She is my sunshine, my life and the air that I breathe. I would do anything for her and am so thankful for all of the support we have received from the community.”
West took over Humble's football program in 2012 after serving as the offensive coordinator for 2011 Class 5A, Division II state champion Houston (Texas) Dekaney. He will resume roaming the Humble sidelines after a three-week recovery period from a transplant surgery that will take place as soon as his wife is cleared.
After years of treatment and medication, doctors told Latasha Smith-West she would require the kidney transplant to stem the tide brought on by the incurable chronic autoimmune disease that attacks one's own organs, according to The Observer feature.
Smith-West's parents were too old and their children too young to donate their kidneys, so her husband began the process of determining whether or not he could volunteer. “We were the perfect match," he told The Observer. "What are the odds of that?”
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