Tags: Connecticut | kidney | donate | wife | ex-husband

Conn. Man Donates Kidney to Wife's Ex-Husband

Thursday, 01 Sep 2011 04:35 PM

By Andra Varin

A Connecticut man is donating one of his kidneys to save the life of his wife’s ex-husband, but he doesn’t really think of it that way. Rather, Steve Leopard says he is helping his two stepdaughters keep their dad.

Jeff Laviero, 46, an engineer from Bristol, was to undergo the transplant today at Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Hartford Courant reported.

When Leopard learned that Laviero needed a kidney, he decided to be tested to see whether he might be a match. His wife of one year, Kim, used to be married to Laviero, and they have daughters, Brianna and Katie.

"He's not only her ex-husband, but he is my stepdaughters' father,” the 51-year-old Leopard told the Courant. “I have two daughters from a previous marriage of my own and my two stepdaughters, who are Jeff's daughters.

"I wouldn't want them to lose their dad. That's what prompted me to get tested in the first place. Jeff and I have always got along, but I got tested mainly for the girls."

Laviero said Leopard had nothing to do with his own split from Kim, and he quickly grew to appreciate his ex’s new husband.

"He's been good to our daughters since day one," Laviero told the Courant. "You initially hate that person, but I got through that in the first year and a half, once I knew he was nice and was treating the girls nice."

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Snowstorm Threatens to Paralyze Northeast for Days

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 18:12 PM

Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearso . . .

Allen West: Joint Chiefs Shouldn't Focus on Essay Contest

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 22:16 PM

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is taking heat from liberals and conservatives after he announced an  . . .

Report: Feds Stockpiling License Plates, Driving Habits in Database

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 20:58 PM

A new report claims the government is stockpiling a vast national database of Americans' license plates and driving habi . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved