PINE CITY, Minn. - A 2-year-old girl from Pine City is getting a lifesaving gift from a stranger who lives more than 1,500 miles away.
The life-saving show of generosity came to light thanks to social media.
Dialysis machines have kept Arianna Moore alive for two years. Arianna, who has a twin sister, was diagnosed with a rare genetic kidney disorder when she was 7 weeks.
Watching her twin daughters not develop at the same pace has been a challenge for Ashley Booth.
"She took longer to walk. She still doesn't talk very well," Booth said. "She has Diffuse Mesangial Sclerosis. It's a scarring of the kidneys."
So many nights, her parents have felt helpless.
"It definitely has been difficult. We found out she was in kidney failure two months after being born," her father Jeremy Moore said from their Pine Hill home Friday afternoon. "She is on dialysis treatment every night. They last about 10 to 12 hours. She gets on as soon as she goes to bed."
Tired of seeing her daughter suffer, Booth took her plea for help to Facebook.
She created a page highlighting her daughter's condition. The cover photo says "dialysis keeps me alive for now, but a kidney transplant is needed." This page was a plea for someone to give Arianna a chance at life.
Christy Harding, who lives in Jacksonville, Fla., saw that page and was moved to donate her kidney to a stranger. Normally, Harding, who has a daughter the same age as Arianna, would ignore stories about sick children.
"I get sad so I scroll through them and I don't know why I stopped on this one," Harding said. "And I called on this one, and a match to this one, I can't imagine waiting for that phone call for somebody to say, 'Yes, someone made the decision to save your daughter's life.'"
Last summer, Arianna's aunt was a healthy match and an approved donor, but Arianna took a turn for the worst and things didn't work out. When the call came that Harding was a match and willing to donate her kidney the family was overwhelmed with emotion.
"I wanted to cry. I wanted to smile. My son was standing there and tears were coming down my eyes and he said 'Mom, who is it?' I said nothing. These are happy tears. Arianna is finally going to get a kidney," Booth said.
A new kidney means Arianna will now be able to take baths and swim. While on dialysis, those activities put her at risk for infection.
Arianna's parents say they can't wait to meet the woman ending such a tough chapter in their lives.
The surgery is scheduled for the first week in May. Arianna's recovery could take three months or longer.