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North Reading Man Finds Kidney Transplant Match Through Social Media

By Mark Katic, WBZ NewsRadio 1030
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Eddie Beatrice. (Photo courtesy: Eddie's Kidney Kampaign)

Eddie Beatrice. (Photo courtesy: Eddie’s Kidney Kampaign)

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BOSTON (CBS) – A California woman is flying into Boston Sunday afternoon for medical tests at Massachusetts General Hospital.

She’s not sick, but she is ready to help a North Reading man who is suffering from kidney failure and it’s all because he decided to add her as a friend on Facebook.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Mark Katic reports 


Eddie Beatrice has been enduring 15-to-20 hours a week of kidney dialysis ever since he suffered septic shock following a routine surgery in late 2011.

Family and friends were not a match to donate and he’s been on a waiting list.

On January 1, Eddie created a Facebook page for his kidney campaign and there found Kelly Wright of Newport Beach.

She was looking to donate.

They corresponded, Kelly got tested — she was a perfect match.

Eddie still can’t believe the odds and the operation is scheduled for April 2.

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