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East Haven, Connecticut Mayor Donates Kidney to Facebook Friend

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Kidney recipient Carlos Sanchez poses at his home in East Haven, Conn., where he is recovering after receiving a kidney from the mayor of his city, April Capone Almon.

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When Carlos Sanchez turned to Facebook in search of a kidney, he did so out of desperation after no match was found among his family and friends. Set to go on dialysis, the last thing Sanchez expected was that his plea would be answered, least of all by East Haven Mayor April Capone Almon.

“I thought she was joking. The mayor of East Haven would offer me her kidney?” Sanchez said. “She responded back and said, ‘I am serious, I am willing to get tested.’”

Mayor Almon went through with the surgery. “Seeing him in the hospital and seeing him just come to life to be a whole new person and seeing him eating,” Almon said, reports the New York Daily News. “I still don’t have my appetite back and he’s just eating everything in sight and that’s tremendous.

This is truly an inspiring story of random act of kindness. Donating a kidney is not as simple as donating the bone marrow. It is major surgery and you are left with only one kidney at the end. In case of a bone marrow donation you only donate less than 3% of your bone marrow which grows back to normal in few weeks. I hope those who are lucky to have a matching bone marrow will find the inspiration from this story. ~ Vijay Mehta
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