SURPRISE (3TV/CBS 5) - Social media was used for good, helping a total stranger save a man's life.

"I was looking for a program for disabled parents."

On Facebook, April Burleson let the world know she needed help.

Her husband Daniel was on kidney dialysis, and a babysitter was needed on the days Daniel wasn't well.

"Like they say for anyone on dialysis... The machine always wins," he told Arizona’s Family.

On the other side of the social media universe, Ellie Dussault's husband took notice.

"He goes, 'here you go... you might want to respond to (that Facebook Post),'" she said.

Dussault’s plans went way beyond the call of watching a stranger's kids.  It was the call to save a stranger's life, care of her kidney.

"I messaged them both and said, 'what are you on Nov. 7, because I got a kidney if you want it” said Dussault.

Eight days later, both Dussault and Daniel are quickly recovering.

Call her a hero, though, and she'll stop you, and then encourage you to do the same.

"A lot of people can lose (a kidney) and not have any changes in their life," she said.

Nationwide, 100,000 people are waiting for kidneys right now.

Twelve of them will die in the next day alone.

Thanks to Dussault’s gift, Daniel will not be one of them.

"I'll just be living a normal life," he said.  "I don't even remember what I know what that is."

Both Dussault and Daniel will be out of work for two months.

A GoFundMe page has been setup to help.


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