Toddler on dialysis gets kidney from social media stranger

Arianna Moore to undergo kidney transplant

Through the power of social media, a 2-year-old girl in need of a kidney transplant found the perfect donor.

"I had no faith that we'd find a kidney donor on Facebook but I sure as heck was going to try," Ashley Booth, mother of 2-year-old Arianna Moore, told GoodMorningAmerica.com.

Arianna has needed a kidney transplant since she was diagnosed with Diffuse Mesangial Sclerosis right after birth. The disease has scarred her kidneys, ABC News reported.

"At seven weeks old she became sick and her kidneys completely failed," said Booth, 27, of Pine City, Minn. "Hers happened faster than usual. Usually it progresses really slowly."

Little Arianna has been on dialysis for 10 hours a day, every single day, for most of her life. But thanks to a complete stranger who lives 1,500 miles away from the family, that's all about to change.

When Christy Harding, of Jacksonville, Fla., came across the ALL4MOORE Facebook page that was supporting and following Arianna through her difficult health journey, she said she felt compelled to help the little girl. 

"One of my friends shared one of Arianna's pictures and it showed up on my timeline," said Harding, who has a 2-year-old daughter herself. "For some reason, I stopped and started thinking about it, and I just knew I had to make a phone call."

Harding said she contacted the living donor center at Arianna's children's hospital to make sure her type-O blood would be a match and, as it turns out, she was a perfect donor.

"Christy emailed me to let me know she was the one donating," Booth said. "I was in tears reading her email to me. It was pretty crazy. All I can do is cry every time I think about it."

Despite never meeting in person,  Harding and Arianna are both undergoing surgery on May 7 in Minneapolis.

"I think if anyone was faced with the decision saying, 'Hey, you could save somebody's life,' I don't know many people who wouldn't," said Harding, 37, of her easy decision to donate. "We knew that if this were our 2-year-old, we would hope someone would do the same."

And as for Booth, she cannot even begin to fathom the kindness her family is receiving from a complete stranger.

"It's so amazing. We haven't even met her yet," said Booth. "I cannot wait for next Monday. I don't know if I'll be able to let go of her once I hug her."

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