How Facebook Helped This Texas Woman Find A Kidney Donor

Thanks to Facebook, Sandi Brandt of Texas was able to reconnect with an old friend who would end up being her kidney

How Facebook Helped This Texas Woman Find A Kidney Donor

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In December 2016, an article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research surveyed 199 kidney transplant patients on their willingness to use social media and their networks to advocate and educate about living kidney donation. “Approximately half of all kidney transplant patients surveyed used social media (104/199, 52. 3 percent), and approximately one-third (66/199, 33. 2 percent) had more than 100 friends in their social media network,” the authors of “Social Media Use Among Living Kidney Donors and Recipients: Survey on Current Practice and Potential” stated. “Facebook was the most popular site, and 51 percent (102/199) reported that they would be willing to post information about living kidney donation on their social networks.

In December 2016, an article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research surveyed 199 kidney transplant patients on their willingness to use social media and their networks to advocate and educate about living kidney donation. “Approximately half of all kidney transplant patients surveyed used social media (104/199, 52. 3 percent), and approximately one-third (66/199, 33. 2 percent) had more than 100 friends in their social media network,” the authors of “Social Media Use Among Living Kidney Donors and Recipients: Survey on Current Practice and Potential” stated. “Facebook was the most popular site, and 51 percent (102/199) reported that they would be willing to post information about living kidney donation on their social networks.

Thanks to a private Facebook group, Sandi Brandt (in the bed on the left) was able to reconnect with an old friend, Rhonda Schmidt (right), who would end up being a kidney donor.

Thanks to a private Facebook group, Sandi Brandt (in the bed on the left) was able to reconnect with an old friend, Rhonda Schmidt (right), who would end up being a kidney donor.

Eager to find a donor, Brandt’s 20-year-old daughter Dallas turned to Facebook in December to create a private group called “Sandi’s kidney journey.

Eager to find a donor, Brandt’s 20-year-old daughter Dallas turned to Facebook in December to create a private group called “Sandi’s kidney journey.

This is a screengrab of how the Facebook group looks today. “Initially, when she brought it up, I wasn’t really open to it,” Sandi Brandt, 57, told Forbes regarding the Facebook group. “Simply because I still had mixed emotions myself about trying to find a live donor.

This is a screengrab of how the Facebook group looks today. “Initially, when she brought it up, I wasn’t really open to it,” Sandi Brandt, 57, told Forbes regarding the Facebook group. “Simply because I still had mixed emotions myself about trying to find a live donor.

Yet something about Brandt’s situation and the timing struck Schmidt. “I had never thought about donating a kidney. from a medical perspective, I’ve never really been to the doctor a lot,” Schmidt said. “I thought, maybe God put this on my plate to see if I could help her.

Yet something about Brandt’s situation and the timing struck Schmidt. “I had never thought about donating a kidney. from a medical perspective, I’ve never really been to the doctor a lot,” Schmidt said. “I thought, maybe God put this on my plate to see if I could help her.

Sandi Brandt is celebrating two things this July 4th, America’s declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776 and the creation of Facebook, the social network that helped save her life.

Sandi Brandt is celebrating two things this July 4th, America’s declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776 and the creation of Facebook, the social network that helped save her life.

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