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Internet stranger donates kidney to Carrollton woman with autoimmune disease

Posted at 6:40 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 18:40:42-05

CARROLLTON, Ohio — A woman in Carrollton is on the road to recovery thanks to the kindness of a stranger who messaged her on Facebook, then offered her a kidney.

In 2016, Nikki Fraschieri was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that was attacking her kidneys. She started dialysis, but soon started looking for someone to donate a kidney.

Friends and family made t-shirts and car decals with Fraschieri’s blood type and email on them so the message could be spread far and wide.

Then one day, Fraschieri got a Facebook message from a stranger offering to help. Sharon Matthews told her she would donate her kidney if they were a match. Several months later, they found out they were.

“There is still good out in the world and there's strangers willing to do this, and I hope it gives hope to other people who are on dialysis waiting…don't give up yet,” Fraschieri said.

Fraschieri and Matthews had their surgeries in mid-November, and so far, they're both recovering well.

Fraschieri says they keep in touch often and she'll be forever grateful for the kindness of a stranger.