3-year-old girl gets new kidney - WKRN News 2

3-year-old girl to get new kidney

Posted: Updated: June 25, 2012 06:04 PM CDT
After months of waiting, Maggie Meador is finally getting a new kidney. After months of waiting, Maggie Meador is finally getting a new kidney.
Josh Graham's wife learned of the little girl's need for a kidney on Facebook. Josh Graham's wife learned of the little girl's need for a kidney on Facebook.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

After months of waiting, a three-year-old little girl from Cottontown is finally getting a new kidney.

Maggie Meador suffers from a rare condition called FSGS that has caused her kidneys to fail.

No one in her family was a match for a transplant so an acquaintance volunteered to donate his kidney.

The donor, 31-year-old Josh Graham, had never met Maggie before but his wife had recently reconnected with her mom Laura, an old high school friend, on Facebook and learned of the little girl's need for a kidney.

"The request was anyone with Type O blood and anyone with an extra kidney if you're willing to donate," said Graham.

He told Nashville's News 2 he was willing and able to donate his kidney so it was really a "no-brainer."

Laura Meador and her husband Donnie said they will forever be thankful for Graham.

"Words cannot describe it.  Thank you doesn't do it justice," Laura Meador told Nashville's News 2.  "It's not the end of Maggie's chronic illness.  We'll be trading in one set of issues for another but she will not be on dialysis anymore."

Meador says her daughter already has a name for her new kidney, Jaggy, a combination of Josh and Maggie.

"I really want to see her grow up.  I want to be there for her first prom date and for graduation and wedding and everything that goes along with that," Graham said.

During a four hour surgery at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Monday, surgeons will remove Graham's kidney through an incision in his belly button.
 
Maggie will then receive Josh's kidney during a procedure that will take no less than three hours.

Both will have to stay at the Children's Hospital for a few days to recover.

Stay with Nashville's News 2 as we continue to update Josh and Maggie's story.

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