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SAVING A LIFE VIA SOCIAL MEDIA

SAVING A LIFE VIA SOCIAL MEDIA

Kirti Dwivedi loves mixing it up with her friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter. But recently the young Phoenix, Ariz., woman learned the power of the networks could also save the life of someone she holds most dear.

Dwivedi had watched helplessly as her mother, Anu, continued a downward spiral brought on by a kidney disease diagnosis nearly 10 years ago. By last October, Anu’s kidney function had dropped to 20 percent. Finding a kidney donor could take years, if indeed one was ever found.

In January, Kirti turned to social media.

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“It’s hard to see someone who is so active and so caring not be able to get out of bed,” Dwivedi told national correspondent Jenna Wolfe in a report that aired on TODAY Friday. “I was like, ‘I’m not a doctor.’ There is very little I felt like I can do, but if I start a Facebook page, maybe we can find a live donor.” (more)

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Article by MICHAEL INBAR, Today.com | Read full article here

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