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Pasco woman finds kidney donor on Facebook

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Christine Curti found a kidney donor on Facebook. Christine Curti found a kidney donor on Facebook.
Christine Curti found a kidney donor on Facebook. Christine Curti found a kidney donor on Facebook.
Valerie Maupin donated a kidney to Christine Curti. Valerie Maupin donated a kidney to Christine Curti.
Valerie Maupin donated a kidney to Christine Curti. Valerie Maupin donated a kidney to Christine Curti.
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) -

Facebook is usually a place you go to find friends, but a New Port Richey woman went on the social media site to find a kidney.

Christine Curti, 50, needed a transplant after she was born with only one kidney. Across the country, in San Diego, CA, Valerie Maupin, 24, wanted to donate a kidney to her friend's mother, but learned that she wasn't a match.

"I had 6 people either tested or reviewed and they were all turned down for one reason or another," Curti said.

Eager to donate, Maupin searched Facebook and contacted a group dedicated to finding kidneys for those in need.

"I'm healthy, I'm young, I'm active, if I can save somebody's life with just something as simple as this, I should," Maupin said.

The group helped Maupin and Curti connect with each other. The women then met in Gainesville to test Maupin's compatibility with Curti. The results were encouraging news, doctors said Maupin and Curti were a good match.

The transplant took place on Nov. 13 and both women, once strangers, now share a bond they say will last a lifetime.

"I can't even tell you the amazing feeling it is that someone gave me a second chance at life," Curti said.

"We're family now," Maupin said, "it's a pretty amazing thing, she's apart of my life forever now."

The surgery left Curti with a significant financial burden, but she's now getting some help from the National Foundation for Transplants, a non-profit organization that helps patients raise the money to pay for their treatments.

Christine plans to hold fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 30, at the VFW Post at 6315 Stone Road in New Port Richey

For information about the National Foundation for Transplants you can visit their website at www.transplants.org

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