TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida woman who desperately needed a kidney found a match through an unexpected source: an online dating site.
According to WFTS, Erika Bragen suffers from polycystic kidney disease. She found her kidney match, Jennifer Thomas, thanks to her friend Rich O’Dea, swiping right on Tinder. When Thomas heard Bragen’s story on their blind date, she decided to help.
“They put her kidney in me and it was just like I felt like my old self again,” Bragen said.
“Not only do we have today to be thankful for Erika and all of this that’s happened, but more people are waking up (and) they want to help and that is everything I ever wanted,” Thomas said.
Bragen was released from the hospital just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family and her new friend. They’ll continue helping people with polycystic kidney disease through a group they’ve started: Team Tampa PKD.