Monday, April 11, 2011

Facebook saves a life

With all the negative press that Facebook seems to endure on a daily basis, with accusations of robberies and hacking and crime related communication, its refreshing to know that this giant who has quickly monopolized social networking is responsible for some good news as well. Thanks to the Facebook news feed, which is essentially a stream of consciousness of all Facebook users, a man got a second chance at a long and happy life.
Ricky Cisco was doing is usual scroll through the Facebook news feed when he happened to see a posting made by a distant friend, Roxy Kurze:

"Wishing a kidney would fall out of the sky so my husband can stop suffering, so if anyone knows of a live donor with type O blood, PLEASE let me know."

This intrigued Ricky, as he is type O, and he began an online quest to research the procedure more fully.
Normally the wait for a donor can take years to happen, and Roxy’s husband Jeff was quickly running out of time. After a bit of reassuring news about how safe a procedure donating a kidney can be, Ricky contacted this distant friend, and offered up one of the most selfless acts thinkable: to donate his kidney to a nearly complete stranger.
On March 30th the operation was performed successfully. Roxy’s plea for help was answered through a search on Facebook, which can now boast itself as more than a social networker, but a life saver as well. Searching for people through traditional means would have taken years, but it would seem that the often demonized web site and cell phone app has staked a name for itself as a reliable and beneficial way to find old friends and create new ones.


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