MANHASSET, NY (WCBS 880) – As part of a three-way kidney exchange at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, former Mr. Universe Steve Michalik got a new chance at living.

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Steve Michalik as Mr. Universe 1975 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Steve Michalik as Mr. Universe 1975 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Now, he knows he received his life-saving organ from Katrina Petway of Baldwin.

There was some good-natured gratitude at their first meeting.

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“[I’ve got these] up emotions and these down emotions. I’ve been crying and I’ve been laughing. I’ve been yelling and… I’m wondering, ‘Now I know. I got a female kidney!’ of course!” he Michalik.

“It’s pretty cool. I had no idea,” said Petway.

“That makes you part Mr. Universe,” Michalik said.

All the donors and recipients met for the first time on Wednesday.

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The former Mr. Universe added, “thanks for my new lease on life.”