Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is a site we visit to see what our friends and family members are doing. We also get to see funny videos, opinions and the latest news. But for one family, the site was lifesaving.
Kimberly Parello went to the site to look for a donor for her 14 year old son, Anthony, who needed a liver transplant. Anthony was born with biliary atresia, a disease that causes inflammation to develop and only affects infants. The inflammation can happen inside and outside the liver. When Anthony was just 10 years old, doctors found a large tumor on his liver. Anthony was put on the list to receive a transplant, but they never found one. His parents and family members weren’t a match.
Anthony’s mom could not sit and wait, so she decided to ask Facebook for help. Parello posted on the site that her son’s liver was starting to have problems and that she was looking for someone to save his life. The mom got a response from a friend she hadn’t seen since 1991. Kendra Perpich saw the post and immediately contacted Parello. This didn’t mean that she was ready for the organ donation, she had to go through weeks of testing before she was told that she was a match.
Anthony received the transplant last week and is now recovering. Surgeons at the hospital removed almost half of her liver. The organ was quickly taken to the hospital Anthony was in and then placed in his body. Perpich saved Anthony’s life and her liver will soon be back to normal since its an organ that regenerates in a short amount of time.
“People ask, ‘Why would you?’” Perpich said in an interview. “My question is, ‘Why wouldn’t you?’”
Anthony is happy and told CBS Chicago News it was a blessing that Kendra was able to help and around this time of the year.
Facebook is a place we visit for fun but it can sometimes be lifesaving, like we just saw with Anthony. He is now recovering and will be able to live a normal life when he is out of the hospital. From the latest pictures, it looks like he will be ready to leave the hospital soon. Lets hope this keeps happening and that more people receive help from social media because a simple post, like we saw here, can save a life.