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Now THIS is the power of the social network!

Royal Oak— Roxy Kurze wouldn’t describe herself as a Facebook kind of person. The 30-year-old used the social networking site mainly for promoting her business.

But after learning her husband, Jeff, needed a kidney transplant, Roxy Kurze saw a new use for the site with more than 400 million users.

“The doctors told me I was in charge,” she said. “I had to find him a kidney.”

For the first time since opening her Facebook account, Kurze wanted to talk about more than just business. In November, the Web designer posted a message venting about her husband’s need for a transplant.

“I wish a kidney would fall out the sky,” she wrote. “If someone knows a living type O donor, let me know.”

Within an hour, Ricky Cisco of Royal Oak, a Facebook friend of Roxy Kurze, saw the message and responded to the Warren couple’s plea.

During a news conference Monday at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Cisco and the Kurzes, along with Dr. Alan Koffron, who performed the surgery and serves as interim chairman of the hospital’s surgery department, discussed the match made in cyberspace.

Facebook and other social media have become the go-to places for things of all sorts, including organs.

Have you ever used a social networking site to find something you really needed?



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