WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 65. Winds: Southeast 5-10 mph.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Increasing clouds with a few showers -- mainly north of Springfield. Low: 45. Winds: Southeast 10-15 mph.
Local Resident Donates Kidney to Craigslist Stranger
A wanted ad for a kidney posted on the Craigslist website gripped headlines across the nation, touching the hearts of thousands. A Springfield resident has come to the rescue of that person in desperate need.
It was 13 months ago today that Springfield resident Stephanie Grant changed the life of a complete stranger. She donated her kidney to a Florida resident after seeing her story on national television about someone posting an ad for a kidney on Craigslist.
After years of waiting on a kidney and undergoing hours of dialysis every night, Florida resident Selina Hodge had her prayers answered by Grant, a Springfield native who moved to Florida in search of a new job. After seeing Hodge's story on her local news station, Grant knew she had to do something.
"I had a gut instinct I had to contact her right away," Grant said. "I had to find out how I could help, what I could do."
Stephanie was just one of 800 people across the globe who responded to her Craigslist ad, saying she would love to help anyway she could, and she did just that.
"At the beginning, I really didn't think I was going to be the one, how out of all these hundreds of people, how am I going to be the one, how am I going to be the match, and when I found out that once they get one match, they stop testing everyone else," Grant said. "So I was the only one tested and I was the only match found."
"When I found out that she was the perfect match, I was like 'Oh my goodness,'" Hodge said. "You know, 'Wow, this is it.' Finally, I found someone who was the perfect match and that's all for it and willing to help me and save my life. It was the best feeling in the world that I was going to get a second chance at life."
Finding a match was only the beginning. Grant had to go through many psychosocial and medical tests to make sure she knew what she was getting herself into.
"I wanted to do this," Hodge said. "I knew this is what I wanted to do. I never doubted it, even though this is major surgery, you know, you have to consider that."
She didn't do this for money or fame. She did it out of the kindness of her heart
"I received a lifelong friend and she received the gift of life," Grant said.
Grant and Hodge still remain friends and talk on a weekly basis.
Grant said if she had an infinite amount of kidneys, she would give them all to those in need.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, there are more than 90,000 people in the U.S. currently waiting for a kidney transplant.
If you are interested in becoming a living donor or want more information on kidney donation, click here.