The Ultimate "Friend"
POSTED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 7:09pm
Florida woman finds kidney donor on Facebook. Rogelio Mares reports.
(WFLA) Facebook is usually a place you go to find friends, but a New Port Richey, Florida woman went on the social media site to find a kidney.
Christine Curti, 50, needed a transplant after she was born with only one kidney. Across the country, in San Diego, Valerie Maupin, 24, wanted to donate a kidney to her friend's mother, but learned that she wasn't a match.
"I had six people either tested or reviewed and they were all turned down for one reason or another," Curti said.
Eager to donate, Maupin searched Facebook and contacted a group dedicated to finding kidneys for those in need.
"I'm healthy, I'm young, I'm active, if I can save somebody's life with just something as simple as this, I should," Maupin said.
The group helped Maupin and Curti connect with each other. The women then met in Gainesville to test Maupin's compatibility with Curti. The results were encouraging news, doctors said Maupin and Curti were a good match.
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