Updated: Thursday, 31 Mar 2011, 6:26 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 31 Mar 2011, 6:24 PM EDT
myFOXDetroit.com Staff Report
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) - People use Facebook to find old friends and lost loves, but now the social networking website has given a Warren man something even more precious — the gift of life.
35-year-old Jeff Kurze needed a transplant when his kidneys began to fail.
His wife, Roxy, knew he faced a five to seven year wait, so she posted a message about Jeff’s health problems on Facebook.
A complete stranger, 25-year-old Ricky Cisco of Royal Oak, responded to the message, got tested and turned out to be a perfect match.
The transplant took place March 30. Jeff and Ricky are both doing well.
“Largely, people have been using it for their own devices and their own agendas. This is a wonderful example of how we can use it to help each other, reach out to people we don’t know and maybe help them. So, again, it’s very exciting, and it gives me a lot of hope,” said Beaumont Transplant Surgeon Dr. Alan Koffron.
There’s no better time to consider giving the gift of life. April is National Organ Donation Awareness Month.