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Man Who Met Kidney Donor On Facebook Has Successful Transplant Surgery

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Eddie Beatrice and kidney donor Kelly Wright. (Credit: Eddie's Kidney Kampaign Facebook)

Eddie Beatrice and kidney donor Kelly Wright. (Credit: Eddie’s Kidney Kampaign Facebook)

NORTH READING (CBS) – A local man who met his kidney donor on Facebook underwent successful transplant surgery on Tuesday.

Eddie Beatrice of North Reading suffered kidney failure after a routine shoulder surgery.

He went on to spend three-and-a-half months in Massachusetts General Hospital. Once discharged, he continued dialysis three days a week and is still in treatment.

That’s when he took his campaign to find a donor to Facebook and met Kelly Wright from Newport Beach, California.

On Tuesday, the two had surgery at Mass General.

Beatrice’s wife told WBZ-TV her husband’s new kidney is working and both he and Wright are doing well.

Beatrice is expected to stay in the hospital until next week.

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