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Firstly she gave him her kidney, now she gave him her hand in marriage as well.

Niki Lauda: Secret wedding with his longtime girlfriend!

September 12, 2008 00:00- VIENNA - Lauda got married! Triple world champion of F1, Austrian Niki Lauda got married in secret his longtime girlfriend Birgit Wetzinger.

Lauda spouses at the time of their going steady. They met each other at the end of the year 2004.
Author: Isifa

Former stewardess from his airline, who is 30 years younger than him sacrificed for her love of life already three years ago. At the time, when they had known only for eight months, she donated him her kidney. The age difference makes no obstruction for the spouses. Lauda shrugs his shoulders “I don’t care about it“.
„We have found each other and we love each other. And I would be alive today without Birgit“; he alludes to the operation from June 2005. The physicians lately detected a pyelonephritis already eleven years ago and they had to transplant it. The donor was at that time his brother Florian. The donated brother’s kidney stopped functioning in the year 2005 and they looked for another suitable donor. „When it appeared that I could be taken into consideration, it was clear that I would give Niki my kidney“ a new Mrs. Lauda says.
The former Austrian F1 pilot who almost burnt after a serious accident in Nürburgring in 1976 and since then he has had tracks of awful burns on his face, got married for the second time. He has two sons, Lukas and Mathias from his first marriage with Marlene. It is pretended that Lauda has also one extramarital son Christoph but he refuses to speak about his private life.
He commented very briefly also his second wedding which took only 7 minutes and there were only the closest friends and relatives: “Yes, we got married. But I don’t want to be like Boris Becker and I won’t publish my private life. I want to protect my happiness. “
Author:daily paper Nový Čas, pm, int

Since this section is dedicated to the life stories, I can’t resist to contribute with one of my own experience. This story is not about a man having a kidney problem /thanks God/, though it is about a woman who has /actually “had“/ cornea problems and whose only preservation from blindness was the transplantation.

 This lady, let's call her Siegrid, is my client, therefore we use to meet quite often. Naturally,  whyle the appointments people use to talk about everything and sometimes also about their problems. During one of the meetings I succeed to „get our of her " what bothers her - as I'm a rather sensible person and I could see there’s something wrong with this woman. I am not sure if I wanted to hear what I heard, however it was just there. I learned about her diagnosis /the cornea dystrophy/ that Siegrid inherited from the mother. Her mother suffered right from this disease and died during the transplantation. Therefore Siegrids worries, fear and uncertainty about the future were well founded. Her doctor just told her that when her vision gets on the edge of blindness her cornea will be transplanted completely, what is a quite difficult operation with an uncertain effect. Right at that evening I sat at the computer and searched other possible solutions of this problem in internet.

 By now I have no clue whether it had happened that way but I found the solution and it was successfully implemented. I found information about the eye microsurgery MD. Studeny, who provides the cornea transplantation per a lamellar keratoplasty, so only the damaged part of the cornea is transplanted in a local anaesthesia. After the operation the patient could go to the home after-care. This was something completely new for Siegrid and also for me and I explained her there is an another solution than just waiting for the loss of the vision. I asked her may I contact MD. Studeny and ask him about the possibility of the operation. I got the green light from Siegrid and right at the same day I wrote an e-mail  to MD. Studeny. His answer came almost immediately and we agreed the date of a personal meeting in Bratislava, in the ophtalmic clinic CMO. MD. Studeny examined Siegrid, explain the possibilities and risks and then we agreed the date of the operation. Currently Siegrid is after the surgery and her vision and quality of life is incomperably better.

 What did I mean by this short story?

 If there’s a possibility we have to try to find the solution to any problem. Siegrid had a good luck that she didn’t have to wait for a suitable cornea donor and could be operated on immediately. How great it was if also the dialysis patients, long years waiting for a suitable kidney donor, could be operated in such a simply way. After this personal experience I got even more convinced of the necessity to legalize the sale of the organs, according clearly defined rules and control systems.

 Yet before Siegrids operation I used to ask my self: didn’t I take to much responsibility on my shoulders - because it was me who started it and the strongest doubts came at the day of the operation. However I’ll never forget the feeling while driving back from Bratislava to Wien Siegrid said she could see a lot better and was full of joy to have passed the operation and also that it was successful. And right this kind of feelings in life is worth to take a risk a fight for the right thing.

Siegrid and the Med. Dr. K. Kornfeld after transplantation to control


Siegrid, MUDr. K. Kornfeld and I /Peter Janiga/