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Minnesota toddler to receive kidney after Facebook appeal catches stranger's attention

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Arianna Moore, 2, is receiving a kidney transplant thanks to a Facebook appeal. (ALL4MOORE/Facebook)

After a Facebook appeal caught her eye, a Florida woman is donating a kidney to a two-year-old girl she is yet to meet but who is in dire need of a transplant.

Shortly after her birth, Arianna Moore was diagnosed with diffuse mesangial sclerosis, which is scarring her kidneys, according to ABC News. For much of her life, Arianna has been on dialysis for 10 hours, every day.

"At seven weeks old she became sick and her kidneys completely failed," her mother, Ashley Booth, told GoodMorningAmerica.com.

"Hers happened faster than usual. Usually it progresses really slowly."

Booth said she was sceptical of whether they would find a donor on Facebook "but I sure as heck was going to try."

And sure enough, they found a donor.

According to ABC News, when a friend shared a photo of Arianna on Facebook, Christy Harding, who is also mother to a two-year-old girl, knew she had to act. 

"For some reason, I stopped and started thinking about it, and I just knew I had to make a phone call," she said.

Harding contacted the living donor centre at the children's hospital where Arianna is treated to ensure her type O blood was a match and learned it was.

Last week, she emailed Booth to let her know.


Booth chronicles Arianna's health on the Facebook page followed by almost 2,000 people

Harding and Arianna will undergo surgery on May 7 in Minneapolis, ABC News reported.

Of her decision to donate, she said having a two-year-old daughter is "probably one of the biggest reasons," Fox 9 News reported

"When my husband and I were talking, we knew that if it were her, we would want everyone in the world to try and save her."

Harding also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to send Arianna's family to Disney World. Nearly $2,000 US has been raised so far.

On Monday, Harding and Booth are expected to meet.

"I cannot wait for next Monday. I don't know if I'll be able to let of go of her once I hug her," Booth told GoodMorningAmerica.com.

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