Mom Finds Lifesaving Kidney Donor … Thanks to Tinder

dating appsSwipe right for vital organs? It sounds crazy, but a mom of three has the dating app Tinder to thank for the lifesaving kidney transplant she's about to receive!


The story is slightly convoluted but it's an awesome one ...

Erika Bragan is a 47-year-old mother of two who suffers from a genetic disorder called polycystic kidney disease. She and her husband, Scott, are good friends with a guy named Rich O'Dea.

Last July, Rich met a woman named Jennifer Thomas on Tinder and took her to an Imagine Dragons concert (major points for excellent first date idea!). Rich and Jennifer chatted about all those things you chat about on a date, including hobbies. Rich is into running, and he mentioned his friend Scott, who is also a runner, which led him to the topic of Scott's wife Erika ... and the fact that she's been on the transplant waiting list for three years!

Well, something must have really struck a chord with Jennifer, who is a mom herself (her little boy is 9). A week later, she texted Rich to ask if she might be able to help Erika.

"I felt for Erika," Jennifer tells People. "I'm a mom and she's a mom and I just couldn't imagine being in her shoes and her children losing their mother. I knew I had to find a way to help her."

How incredible is this?

Jennifer and Rich decided they weren't meant for each other romantically, but they've become good friends ... and it turns out that Jennifer is a perfect match for Erika!

(They look pretty great together to us!)

Scott calls Jennifer "our angel" and says he's "so thankful." All thanks to a connection made on a dating app ... it's kind of mind-blowing!

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Here's another photo from Rich's Facebook -- Erika is on the far right, with her husband Scott next to her:

Donor and recipient Jen and Erika with the the original 3 - Team Tampa PKD

Posted by Rich O'Dea on Sunday, November 8, 2015

With Erika's kidney function now down to 5 percent, doctors will perform the transplant on November 18 ... just in time for a holiday miracle, one mom to another.


Image via © Robert Schlesinger/dpa/Corbis

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