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Emily Rodenbeck finally getting a kidney

7:35 PM, Jun 14, 2012   |    comments
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By Casey Nolen

St. Louis (KSDK) - We have an update on a story of an unconventional search for a kidney.

In 2007, Emily Rodenbeck found out she needed a kidney, but a rare condition meant her body would only except three percent of possible donors. Several friends and family members tried and failed to be donors.

So, two friends launched "Emily's Kidney" on Twitter and Facebook. The sites reached thousands and dozens of strangers volunteered to be donors, but still no match.

Then in May, Emily learned an anonymous donor in New York completed a "donor chain" that would give her the life saving transplant she's waited nearly five years for.

"To be that person who doesn't know anybody that needs a kidney to say, 'Oh, I have two why don't you just take one and do what you will with it?' That's a hero is what that is," said Rodenbeck.

The creators of the "Emily's Kidney" plan to keep the pages going, educating people about kidney disease and donation.

More than 92,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for a kidney transplant.


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