Pasco woman finds kidney donor on Facebook - WFLA News Channel 8

Pasco woman finds kidney donor on Facebook

Posted: Updated:
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

Stay connected with the news of the day. Download the WFLA news app today. It’s FREE http://8.wfla.com/1etbepy
  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Abercrombie dropping logo to boost brand

    Abercrombie dropping logo to boost brand

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:15 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:15:46 GMT
    The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded, so the struggling teen retailer plans to strip off the once-prized logo from its clothing. Shares tumbled Thursday after it reported weak sales as more teens shop elsewhere. 
    The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded, so the struggling teen retailer plans to strip off the once-prized logo from its clothing. Shares tumbled Thursday after it reported weak sales as more teens shop elsewhere. 
  • FBI investigating reports of attacks on US banks

    FBI investigating reports of attacks on US banks

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:14 AM EDT2014-08-28 09:14:01 GMT
    The FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several U.S. financial institutions.
    The FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several U.S. financial institutions.
  • Reports: FBI probes JPMorgan hack

    Reports: FBI probes JPMorgan hack

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:19:51 GMT
    Reports: FBI probes JPMorgan hackReports: FBI probes JPMorgan hack
    The FBI is investigating a hacking attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.
    The FBI is investigating a hacking attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.