Ohio Woman Donates Kidney to Stranger After Seeing Facebook Post

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A woman living in a small Ohio town donated her kidney to a stranger after seeing his post seeking a donor on Facebook.

Joe Dorsey (left) and Lesley Tietz (right) are seen in an undated photo provided to WJW.
Joe Dorsey (left) and Lesley Tietz (right) are seen in an undated photo provided to WJW.

Lesley Tietz said felt compelled to donate the kidney to the 25-year-old man,  KTLA sister station WJW reported.

“When I read it, I just felt I wanted to do it,” Tietz said.

Tietz and her family live about a mile from Joe Dorsey, but the two didn’t meet until after his GoFundMe post was shared on Facebook.

Dorsey found out during his second year of college that he had kidney disease. In September 2016 his condition worsened.

“The doctors then started talking about a kidney transplant,” Dorsey told WJW.

He posted about his search in January 2017, and two months later, Tietz read it after her son reposted it.

“I really felt, right then, that it was the right thing that was supposed to happen, and everything from the first step, all the way to the end, went so easily that you couldn’t argue with it,” Tietz said.

Tietz responded right when Dorsey needed her the most.

“I had to start going to dialysis,” Dorsey said. “I felt at 25 that I was missing so much. It was difficult.”

On September 20 the kidney transplant took place during an operation at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dorsey is now feeling better and looking forward to his future as a teacher.

“I just love her and appreciate everything she did for me,” Dorsey said about Tietz. “I am looking forward to getting a teaching job, getting a house and living the American dream.”

Dorsey's medical bills continue to grow and he isn't able to work yet, the GoFundMe account was started to help pay for those bills.

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