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DURHAM, N.C. -- A North Carolina woman gave up a kidney just weeks after getting married to save a stranger's life.

"I've never been the type of person who wants to, like, wait and see, just in case," Brittany Burton Marino told WTVD.

On most people's wedding day, the conversation is about the bride's dress, the toasts, and the honeymoon. On Marino's big day, people were talking about her kidney.

Marino, a student life instructor at the school, got tested when she found out a former student needed a kidney - she wasn't a match but decided she would give the organ away anyway.

"I don't think it's fair of me to wait just in case someone needs a kidney," she told the station.

A few days after her honeymoon, she headed to Baltimore for surgery.

That's where Paul Basken enters the picture. He has Polycystic Kidney Disease, a condition that was causing his kidneys to fail, and says Brittany's donation is giving him a better life - one that is dialysis free.

When the two reconnected over Skype, Paul had a question for Brittany.

"The question that certainly comes to my mind is, why anybody would do such a thing for somebody that they've never met before?" he asked.

"If this is just one thing that I can do that makes the world, or even one person's world, better - that was really important to me," she said.

While she says their shared appreciation for education sealed the deal for her to donate - the two have formed a new bond through this journey.