A three-year-old Cottontown girl is getting a new kidney, thanks in part to Facebook.
Maggie Meador suffers from a rare disorder called FSGS, which affects her kidneys.
“[Maggie is on] parenteral dialysis also known as PD at home. She gets it 10 hours everyday. She's on tube feeds; she doesn't really get to have an active normal three year old lifestyle,” explained mother Laura.
Doctors told Maggie's family she would eventually need a kidney transplant.
After undergoing testing, it was determined her parents were not a match.
Laura told Nashville's News 2 while Maggie was in the hospital she was reconnected with a friend from high school and her husband, Josh Graham who had recently adopted a special needs child.
After becoming friends on Facebook, Josh discovered the family was searching for a kidney donor for their daughter.
“They basically posted on Facebook that if anyone had O blood and was interested in donating a kidney, here's an application, fill it out [and] send it in. I said absolutely, let's go for it,” Josh recalled.
It was soon discovered Josh was a match for Maggie.
“He is the biggest hero,” Laura told Nashville's News 2.
Despite the Meador family referring to Josh as a hero, he said Maggie is the true hero.
“The real hero in this of course is Maggie being three-and-a-half-years-old and having all the medical challenges that she has daily, it's got to be hard for her,” he said.
The surgery is scheduled to occur in upcoming weeks.