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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

A PKD Mother Turns to Facebook for Kidney Transplant

2013-03-12 10:32

pkd, kidney transplantThe story is about two mothers. They talk like they have been friends forever, actually they have only known each other for weeks. And we do believe that their friendship will span a lifetime.

A Dracut mom with PKD turned to Facebook for a kidney transplant. Gauthier’s kidneys were failing her and after two years on a donor list she decided to turn to Facebook in hopes of finding a match.

“We were same age mothers, both the same blood type,” said Gouveia. “I knew nothing about live kidney donations, but when I saw the page with Olga, I felt that I had to do this and it was the right thing to do.”

After numerous tests and screenings, they finally met three days before the surgery. When they finally had the surgery, both were surprised how easy it was to save a life.

“They took her kidney, flushed it, put it into me, flushed it and started working right away,” said Gauthier.

It has been 5 weeks since the surgery and their constant laughter tells how quickly they have recovered.

“There is a solid connection, and we are friends for life,” said Gouveia.

“She will be in my life forever, I was so lucky that she came into my life. Thank you so much for being such an amazing person, and so selfless to give me this gift,” said Gauthier.

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