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69-Year-Old Grandmother Needing A Lifesaving Kidney Transplant Finds a Miracle on the Internet: a 25-Year-Old Living Altruistic Organ Donor Stranger
Date:12/14/2009

BOSTON, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- When Kurth Krause, an aerospace engineer for NASA, was giving the Apollo crew instructions for landing on the moon, he was confident that technology and science could solve just about anything. Years later, Kurth realized there was one thing that science couldn't solve. His wife Susan needed a kidney transplant and even though dialysis machines would keep her alive for awhile, she would die without a transplant. Kurth wrote: "My wife is 69 and is starting dialysis next month. She has been accepted into the UCLA program to receive a kidney, but will likely be too old by the time one is available (average 8 years)." Then Kurth found MatchingDonors.com and put his wife's profile on the website. Maybe technology could save his wife. MatchingDonors.com is the most successful nonprofit organization that is finding living altruistic donors for patients needing transplants.

Within days of being on MatchingDonors.com she found Robert Chiles, a 25- year-old. Robert's personal experiences drove him to Susan. Robert wrote: "I'm very healthy and want to donate in memory of my grandmother, who needed a kidney but would not take one from us because she said she lived her life."

Through the miracle of the Internet, the two strangers met on MatchingDonors.com. Robert found out he was a match and donated a kidney to Susan at UCLA's transplant center on Wednesday, November 18, 2009. It took Susan only three months on MatchingDonors.com to find a willing matching donor.

MatchingDonors.com was launched in January of 2004 as an Internet service and is now the largest living donor database in the United States. It can get over 1.5 million visits in a month. Patients put their profiles on the website and potential donors browse the site for a life they want to help save.

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