Tina Turner has revealed she was so ill with kidney failure she was ready to end her life until hubby Erwin donated one of his own.
The music legend thought she was on the mend after beating intestinal cancer and an earlier stroke when doctors diagnosed the condition.
Tina, 78, said: “By December 2016, my kidneys were at 20% and plunging rapidly. I faced two choices: either regular dialysis or a kidney transplant. Only the transplant would give me a good chance of a near-normal life. But the chances of getting a donor kidney were remote.”
The Switzerland-based star said the nation’s donor rate is one of Europe’s lowest, meaning she would probably never reach the top of the waiting list.
Medics arranged to start dialysis but Tina refused, saying: “I’m not living on a machine.”
In a serialisation of her autobiography in the Daily Mail, she added: “It wasn’t my idea of life. But the toxins in my body had started taking over. I couldn’t eat. I was surviving but not living. I began to think about death.”
Tina started making arrangements and signed up to assisted suicide group Exit. That was when the idea of losing her became a reality for Erwin.
She said: “He said he didn’t want another woman, or another life. Then he shocked me. He said he wanted to give me one of his kidneys.”
They had compatibility tests and despite Tina being a high-risk patient due to heart damage from years of high blood pressure, they had the transplant operation on April 7 last year
Tina said the best moment as she came around was Erwin rolling into her room in a wheelchair and saying: “Hi, darling!”