A Powell Valley woman is using social media in a different way — to find a kidney donor.
Erica Renee Morse, 25, has been searching for a kidney donor through standard methods and now is using social media. She is already a kidney donor recipient and her 14-year-old kidney has now reached its working lifespan, as 14 years is usually the longest amount of time they last. Just when needed, Erica discovered a page on Facebook entitled “Find a Kidney Central” by what she sees as divine intervention. She discovered that the page has already helped find over 30 much-needed donor matches. Erica learned that she needed to have her own page set up to be included in the Find a Kidney Central search.
For that reason, “Find A Kidney For Erica” was recently created on Facebook.
“I found the (Kidney Central) page one day when I visited my timeline (on Facebook) and I think finding it was an act of God,” she said. “I put all of my trust in Him and realize that it’s all in His plan.”
Erica is now on dialysis and understands that the longer she stays on it the worse she will feel and that’s where her urgency to find a suitable donor comes from.
“I really hope to find a donor soon, but it’s all in God’s hands,” she said. “If someone wants to be a potential donor he or she must contact the University of Tennessee Medical Transplant Services at 865-305-6970. Finding a donor would greatly improve my quality of life.”
Her faith is helping to keep her strong.
“God has given me too much for me to not to take care of my kidney,” she says on her Facebook page, which as of press time had over 300 “likes.”
Potential donors for Morse must have an O-positive blood type and should get in touch with the UT Medical Transplant Service directly for additional information.