Woman gets new kidney thanks to Facebook game

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News Writer
Good News

Thanks to a Facebook game, a young Idaho mother will be receiving a new kidney this January.

Lisa Miller of Gainsville, Georgia, became fast friends with a woman in Idaho over a game of Farm Town on Facebook.

The woman, who chooses to remain anonymous, soon told Lisa that her daughter, Tiffany, was in need of a kidney transplant.

"I really needed to help her out," Lisa told CBS Atlanta of her first reaction to the woman's story.

Through Facebook and phone conversations, Lisa became friends with Tiffany, 29, a mother of one. For three years, Lisa was on a mission: Find Tiffany a donor.

She did. Lisa's husband, Chris, was a perfect match.

"She needs a better life. She's on dialysis twice a week and it's the right thing to do," Chris told CBS Atlanta.

"It's really awesome because I can share it with him and her," added Lisa.

The Millers travelled to Spokane, Washington, where Tiffany goes for treatment, to tell Tiffany of the match in person. The surgery is scheduled for January.

"I'm so excited for this surgery I just wish it was tomorrow," Chris told the Associated Press. "Quite frankly, it's important to me. It's important to Lisa. It's an amazing journey.

The Millers recently held a fundraiser for Tiffany. The couple hope to help with Tiffany's medical expenses — and provide her and her son with a mini-vacation.

"There are a lot of things that this young girl needs. Yes, she's getting my husband's kidney. A lot of people say 'Why are you doing this? You're already giving her a kidney.' Well, we want to make sure this kidney survives. We aren't giving her this kidney to last today, we're giving it to her to last a lifetime," said Lisa.

"We still will remain really close friends. I mean we're family. She's going to have my husband's kidney. They're going to be blood relatives now."