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1:48 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Kidney donor discovered on Facebook

A Michigan man was told he could wait five years for a kidney transplant that matched his blood type.

But then he found one on Facebook.

ABC News reports:

When Jeff Kurze found out his kidneys were failing, he and his wife Roxy put their lives on hold. The young couple from Warren, Michigan, hoped to start a family, but dialysis left Jeff, 35, too frail. He needed a new kidney.

After Jeff suffered a mini stroke last fall, doctors said it could take five years for him to climb the kidney waiting list and get the type O match he needed. That's when a desperate Roxy took to Facebook.

"Wishing a kidney would fall out of the sky so my husband can stop suffering," Roxy

Kurze

, a 30-year-old web designer, wrote on her Facebook wall. "So if anyone knows of a live donor with type O blood, PLEASE let me know."

Some people replied to say they'd get tested. But Roxy was skeptical.

"Sometimes people say stuff just so that other people will comment," Roxy said.

Then she got a private message from Ricky Cisco, a 25-year-old comedian she met once through work.

"We never even liked each other's posts," Roxy said, explaining that although they were "Facebook friends," they were basically strangers.

Cisco, who knew he had type O blood, wrote that he wanted to talk about Jeff's kidney, and asked to meet Roxy for coffee.

"Roxy's post sort of resonated because I knew right off the bat I was a candidate," Cisco said.

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