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.