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.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:07 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:07:37 GMT
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