Florida woman donates kidney to ailing 2-year-old in Minneapolis

Florida woman donates kidney to ailing 2-year-old in Minneapolis (Image 1)

A two-year-old’s life is being saved by a stranger over 1,500 miles away, thanks to the power of social media.

Arianna Moore, 2, was diagnosed with diffuse mesangial sclerosis right after she was born, Good Morning America reports.

The disease is scarring her kidneys, both of which failed when she was merely seven weeks old.

“Hers happened faster than usual. Usually it progresses really slowly,” Arianna’s mother, Ashley Booth, said.

The little girl has been on dialysis for 10 hours a day, every single day, for the majority of her life.

Booth, 27, decided to go to Facebook for help.

She created a page titled ALL4MOORE for others to support and follow Arianna’s health journey, updating those who followed the page each step of the way.

“I had no faith that we’d find a kidney donor on Facebook but I sure as heck was going to try,” the mother stated.

Christy Harding, of Jacksonville, Florida, came across the ALL4MOORE Facebook page after a friend shared a photo of Arianna.

Harding, who also has a two-year-old daughter, felt compelled to do something.

“For some reason, I stopped and started thinking about it, and I just knew I had to make a phone call,” she explained.

Harding contacted the living donor center at the hospital where Arianna was staying to make sure her type-O blood would be a match.

She was the perfect donor.

“Christy emailed me to let me know she was the one donating,” Booth said. “I was in tears reading her email to me. It was pretty crazy. All I can do is cry every time I think about it.”

While the two have never met, both Harding and Arianna are undergoing surgery May 7 in Minneapolis.

Harding, 37, said she thinks out of those faced with the decision to save a life not many wouldn’t take the opportunity.

“We knew that if this were our two-year-old, we would hope someone would do the same,” she said.

Along with donating her kidney to Arianna, Harding also set up a Go Fund Me page to help raise money to send the family to Disney World in Orlando.

“My family and I are big Disney fans,” she told Good Morning America. “We are blessed enough to have season passes and take trips down there often. I know living in Minnesota it’s not the same for them.”

After only one day, $1,000 was raised toward the $12,000 goal.  As of Tuesday morning, another $380 has been donated.

“The outpouring of support has just been overwhelming,” Harding said.

Booth said the kindness her family is receiving from a complete stranger is amazing.

“We haven’t even met her yet,” she said. “I cannot wait for next Monday. I don’t know if I’ll be able to let of go of her once I hug her.”

To read more about Arianna and her journey, visit her Facebook page.

*Good Morning American contributed to this report.

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