The life of an Illinois toddler today has been changed just by a simple Facebook post. The simple post connected him to one of the women who had a strong will to live as a kidney donor.
Today, the two years old toddler, Miles Wegner underwent a kidney transplant operation that was very successful after his parents created a post on Facebook as requesting any volunteer to donate a kidney to him. One of the former high school classmates of Miles’ parents known as Elizabeth Wolodkiewicz decided to volunteer as a donor after reading the post, reports CBS News.
Mile is said to have been born with genetic disorder of primary hyperoxaluria. This is known to a rare condition with the possibility of leading to kidney failure. And the kidney transplant is the second organ transplant for Miles after he was born with the above mentioned condition.
Speaking to ABC News, Miles’ mother Ashley Wegner said “He was 8 weeks old when he had a seizure and we took him to the ER and found out he was in kidney failure.”
Ryan Wegner, Miles’ father and his wife Ashley said that they were no strangers to such serious diseases when their son was diagnosed. Ryan was once diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer during Ashley’s pregnancy. This made the couples to start a Facebook page with the aim of updating friends and relatives on his condition. After the birth of Miles, his parents started to include his condition updates on their page as well and this made their online follower population to grow.
On their Facebook page, Ashley Wegner said, “It started long before we had Miles… we had a following for quite a while.”
She also added that they find it crazy on how much strength that they receive from their online supporters of which some are totally strangers.
Miles’ story on Facebook made Elizabeth Wolodkiewicz to donate her kidney to him.
When his condition worsened, Miles’ doctors made a determination that he would need both liver and kidney transplant. Last year on January, after undergoing a successful liver transplant from a deceased donor, Miles was still in need of a kidney donor. In order to succeed in finding a donor, Wegner family turned to their online Facebook support.
“I put it there,” said Ashley. She requested their followers to volunteer as donors, “If it is on your bucket list to save a life.”
Among the individuals who made positive responds was Elizabeth Wolodkiewicz, a former school classmate of both Miles’ Parents from a small town known as Johnsburg, Illinois.
“She was very adamant and very on top of things,” Ryan told the ABC New.
It took the doctors a several weeks before they could determine that Elizabeth was a donor match.
On learning that Elizabeth was a match, Ryan lamented, “There were tears of joy and relief of excitement and just thinking about the future.”
On behalf of their family, Ashley said that it was good news to them finding a donor for Miles and this has given them some peace of mind about the future.