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Man Finds Kidney Match on Facebook

BOSTON, Mass. (ABC) — A North Reading, Massachusetts, man is now scheduled for a life-saving kidney transplant after finding an organ donor from all the way across the country
on Facebook.

After a bacterial infection acquired during a routine surgery sent Eddie Beatrice into a septic shock in October 2011, both his kidneys shut down, and his blood pressure plummeted, threatening his life.

He spent a week in a medically induced coma, and managed to survive. His kidneys, however, were irreparably damaged, and he remains in end-stage renal failure, undergoing 12 hours of dialysis every week.

Beatrice’s sisters wanted to donate a kidney to him, but were medically disqualified. So, on January 1 he decided to turn to Facebook for help, where he stumbled on a page run by the Living Kidney Donor Network.

On the page he saw a posting just hours old by a woman from California who said she wanted to donate a kidney.

A short communication online ensued, and the woman, 44-year-old Newport Beach resident Kelly Wright, soon began the screening process at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Both Wright and Beatrice say the bond between them was immediate. The two talk every day.

Their surgeries have been scheduled for April 2.

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