HYWARDS/iStock/Thinkstock(BAY CITY, MI) — Jeff Charters needed a kidney, so his daughter Kim turned to the internet to find one.
Jeff Charters was on a waiting list for an organ transplant after discovering his kidneys were failing, which can sometimes take up to three to five years to find a match.
“I was just sitting there and in the back of my mind I was thinking, ‘Yeah, this wait list thing, that’s not happening.’ I can find something. I can do something,” Kim Charters said.
In April, Kim Charters logged on Facebook and started the “Find Jeff Charters a Kidney” page.
“I probably had 20 or 30 people actually messaging me and asking me how to go about the process and how to get tested,” Kim Charters said.
Four months later, the Charters found a match in Kim’s friend Rachael Milks, who gave Jeff Charters her kidney after being tested.
“It’s a significant change in his life. This donor has helped him tremendously,” said Dr. Jason Denny, transplant surgeon at Henry Ford Hospital.
“I’d give her the whole world if I could. There isn’t enough thank yous and hugs in the world for Rachael,” Jeff Charters said.
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