Birmingham's Deputy Lord Mayor and his wife were last nightin a stable condition after undergoing life-saving transplant surgery.
The couple, who endured the five-and-a-half hour operation on Saturday, were now recovering in the same ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston, their surgeon said.
Thelma Sharpe, a 53-year-old social worker, donated one of her kidneys to her 56-year-old husband, Coun Mike Sharpe. Coun Sharpe has suffered from IgA nephritis - a progressive inflammatory disease of the kidneys - for the past 16 years.
Consultant Surgeon Andrew Ready said he was happy with how the operation had gone, but warned there were still "hurdles to jump",
He said: "It is too early to judge how successful the transplant has been, there are hurdles to still jump to see if Mr Sharpe accepts the kidney and other technical issues to contend with.
"However, as things stand, the operation has been a success and Mr and Mrs Sharpe are recovering in the same ward and can talk to each other."
Mrs Sharpe's recovery was going particularly well, Mr Ready added, helped by the use of the latest keyhole surgery techniques to remove the kidney.
It is thought she will be able to leave hospital by the middle of the week, Coun Sharpe will remain in hospital for longer, but should be able to leave soon after the weekend.
Mr Ready added that he was pleased with the the progress of mother and son Marlene and Terry Worthington, whose operation was featured.
Mrs Worthington, aged 57, also suffered an inflammatory disease called IgA nephropathy. Prior to their operation on Friday, Mrs Worthington and 37-year-old Terry, spoke to The Birmingham Post about their procedures.
Mr Ready said: "Both Marlene and Terry are recovering well and I am happy that the kidney is working very well.
"Time will tell how successful the operation was, although it is currently looking very positive."