South Tampa Woman Finds a Kidney on Facebook
When Hannah Craig connected with a long-lost friend on Facebook, she also found a kidney donor that helped save her life.
A South Tampa woman has Facebook and an old friend to thank for a kidney transplant that may have saved her life.
When Hannah Craig, 21, reconnected with a friend of her cousin's who she knew as a child, she also found the kidney donor she needed, the Tampa Bay Times reported Sunday. Hillary Glanzer, 28, of Orlando, offered her kidney "without hesitation" when she saw on Facebook that Craig needed one.
Doctors performed the kidney transplant Monday at Tampa General Hospital, where both women are recovering, the Times reports. Doctors told Craig it might take her three years on the waiting list to receive a kidney from a deceased donor — and about 4,500 Americans die waiting each year, according to the Times.
The story mentions other recent media reports about kidney donors being found through Facebook, which recently announced that users can indicate they are organ donors on their pages.