Minnesota toddler's family finds Florida kidney donor on Facebook


The family of a toddler in Minnesota found a kidney donor 1,500 miles away after a post on Facebook.

Two-year-old Arianna Moore suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes scarring of the kidney. When she was 7 weeks old, her kidneys failed, and to keep her alive she must undergo 10 hours of dialysis every day, FOX 9 reports.

But thanks to a woman in Jacksonville, Florida, her parents are hoping she'll soon be able to play with her twin sister and two older brothers like a healthy toddler.

In 2012, a family member started a Facebook page, ALL4MOORE, to promote a benefit for Arianna, but it turned into something more.

"[The post] said 'if you're Type O blood, you could be her hero' and I thought, I am Type O blood," Christy Harding told First Coast News. "I don't know why I stopped on this one [status] and called on this one."

Harding also has a 2-year-old daughter, which she says is one reason she decided to donate her kidney.

"When my husband and I were talking, we knew that if it were her, we would want everyone in the world to try and save her," Harding told FOX 9.

Harding started undergoing tests, including making trips to the Twin Cities for special blood tests, to make sure she was a match before contacting the Moores and offering to become a donor. Harding told the Moores on April 22, according to a post on the ALL4MOORE Facebook page.

Ashley Moore, Arianna's mother, is grateful for Harding's generosity.

"It's a big surgery and she's doing it for a baby," Ashley Moore told FOX 9. "She's never met our family."

Harding will fly to Minnesota on Monday to begin the transplant process, First Coast News reports. Arianna will spend the week undergoing final tests for the transplant, which is scheduled for May 7, the ALL4MOORE Facebook page says.

Harding's generosity doesn't stop with her kidney. She's also raising money to send the entire Moore family to Disney World once Arianna is fully recovered, according to a GoFundMe page Harding set up for the Moore family.

This isn't the first time social media has helped a Minnesotan find an organ donor. Carlos Escobar, a Minneapolis police officer, had waited years for a kidney, so he took his story to Facebook. A college student saw his appeal, and decided to donate one of his.

Another Minnesota man got several living-donor kidney transplant offers after building a kidney snow sculpture.

In March, an Oakdale man donated his kidney to his neighbor, and in 2013, a donor traveled from Australia to donate a kidney to a local man.

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