The Big Day

Isaac Sirk (left) and Lacey Smith of Booneville are shown above after a surgery at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn., through the Mayo Clinic, in which Smith donated a kidney to Sirk, her fiance. A fundraiser was held in Booneville on Jan. 3 to help fund the cost of the surgery and the trip for Smith and Sirk. Sirk was diagnosed with Lupus in 2004 and by 2009 had little kidney function and a complete shutdown in 2011 that forced him to live with an 11-hour per day dialysis. After the surgery, both patients were up and walking in short order, according to Facebook posts attributed to Smith and Sirk. Smith said she has experienced no pain and has checked out of the hospital. On Monday Sirk posted he expected to be discharged on Tuesday.