Indian Transplant Newsletter Vol. 10 Issue NO.: 32 (Mar 2011 - Jun 2011)

Facebook - Making friends and Saving lives


If you thought Facebook was about finding and chatting with long-lost friends, think again. This is the true story of how a life was saved because of this social-networking site. Ms. April Capone Almon, mayor of East Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A., donated a kidney to a constituent who was her “friend”on Facebook and gave him a new chance at life.

Carlos Sanchez, a 44-year-old father and office administrator whose kidneys were failing because of diabetes, sent out a request on Facebook for a kidney donor on his doctor's suggestion. It said his friends and relatives had all been tested and couldn't donate a kidney, which he needed desperately.

Capone Almon was the first person to respond and said that she would get tested to see if she was a possible match. Sanchez thought it was a joke at first, but discovered that she was serious. “I wasn't putting too much faith in it,” Sanchez said. “I didn't want to get my hopes high. But at a point she made me feel so comfortable that I started feeling maybe this was meant to be.”

Capone Almon, a Democrat, was running for a second term as mayor at the time but kept the details of her medical plans a secret. She won the election as they awaited word on when she could donate the kidney. Finally on April 8, 2010 doctors at Yale-New Haven Hospital removed Capone Almon's left kidney and transplanted it into Sanchez.

Capone Almon says, “Would I have been his donor without Facebook? We'll never know. But Facebook allowed me to sit quietly in my office and say to myself, You're up! Answer this call!”

 


How to cite this article:
- Dr. Sumana Navin, Dr. Sunil Shroff. Facebook - Making friends and Saving lives. Indian Transplant Newsletter Vol. 10 Issue NO.: 32 (Mar 2011 - Jun 2011)

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- Dr. Sumana Navin, Dr. Sunil Shroff. Facebook - Making friends and Saving lives. Indian Transplant Newsletter Vol. 10 Issue NO.: 32 (Mar 2011 - Jun 2011); Available at :
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