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Woman receives kidney after placing an ad on Craigslist

Updated: Wednesday, April 30 2014, 12:03 PM EDT
GLEN DALE, W.Va. -- You can find just about anything on Craigslist.
But what if you desperately needed to find a kidney, and it was a case of life or death? Well, it turns out Craigslist can make that possible, as it is for one local woman in Glen Dale.
Cindy Prettyman's kidneys are failing, leaving her no choice but to go on dialysis.
On Feb 6., she went to the hospital with her son and daughter, and doctors told her it could take 5, even 10 years before she gets a transplant.
Her son Jeremy didn't like that answer.
“He called me the next day and says, ‘Mom I put out an ad on Craigslist,’ and I said, ‘You got to be kidding me, Jeremy what for?’’’ Cindy said.
She said her son wrote that she was a wonderful person and deserves to have a kidney.
“So it was on Craigslist and a lady called him two days later and said she would like to (donate),” Cindy said.
It turns out, the woman lives in Unionport outside of Wintersville, where Cindy grew up.
At first Cindy didn't know what to expect.
“I said, ‘Who gives a kidney to a total stranger?’ And she said, ‘It’s something that I always wanted to do. I always wanted to give to somebody.”
Jacklyn Malot is the donor. She told Cindy this was meant to be.
Cindy asked what blood type she was.

“She said, “I don’t know but don’t worry about it because we will be a match,” Cindy said.
It turns out they are a match.
Melot has one more test to go. They are waiting and hope to have the transplant some time by May or June.
“I can't comprehend things,” Cindy said. “To me, everything is happening to everyone else. It’s not me yet. It hasn’t sunk into me that it’s going to be me that will get a new kidney.”
The whole process is very expensive so, the Prettyman family will be doing a few fundraisers.
The first will be a spaghetti dinner from noon to 2 p.m. this Sunday at the Glen Dale United Methodist Church.
There is also a bank account set up at Bayer Credit Union under "Cindy Prettyman" or  "Cindy's new kidney" for any monetary donations.

Woman receives kidney after placing an ad on Craigslist

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