Mother uses Facebook to help find kidney for 3-year-old daughter

Mother uses Facebook to help find kidney for 3-year-old daughter (Image 1)

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.

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