Michigan Man Finds Kidney Donor On Facebook

By Meredith Singer Comment

A Michigan man needed a kidney, and three to five years was too long to wait, as his health started to fail. So 35-year old Jeff Kurze and his wife, Roxy turned to Facebook to ask for help. And found it.

A man named Ricky Cisco replied to Roxy’s posting and said he was interested in being a donor for her husband.

Cisco says in a video appearing below this post that he always wanted to be a hero but, “I’m not very strong. I can’t lift anything. I can’t save people in traditional ways, but I have an extra kidney.”

“When I heard about Ricky’s willingness to donate a kidney to me I didn’t believe it. It was hard to breathe. I was in total disbelief that this was happening,” Kurze told The Daily Tribune. “Over the past few months we’ve become good friends. I hang out with him once a week.”

The transplant took place on March 30 at Beaumont Hospital in Michigan. Both men are hospitalized and in good condition, according to reports.

This isn’t the first time Facebook has helped make an organ match. Last December a girl in Minnesota got a new kidney from a stranger who found her on the social media site. Perhaps medical groups could use these success stories to start a more organized donor and patient match-up via the social network.

Do you think Facebook could become a place for a donor-to-patient organ donation site?

Photo courtesy of The Daily Tribune.