Mayor Gives Kidney to Facebook Pal
Responded to constituent's 'no match' status update
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2010 11:45 AM CDT
Kidney recipient Carlos Sanchez poses for a photograph, April 21, 2010. East Haven Mayor April Capone Almon donated her kidney after Sanchez posted a status update on Facebook.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(Newser) – See, Facebook is good for something: It could score you a much-needed kidney. Connecticut mayor April Capone Almon donated one of hers to a constituent after reading about his plight on the social networking site. Carlos Sanchez was one of her 1600 “friends”—but, as is commonplace in the world of Facebook, the two were really more like casual acquaintances before his illness brought them together.

Sanchez posted the status update as a recommendation from his doctor after none of his friends or family members tested as a match. “I really felt from the very beginning that I was going to be a match and a donor. I don't know why, but I just knew it,” Capone Almon tells the AP. Sanchez, at first, “thought she was joking,” he says, but on April 8, the successful transplant occurred.