Nov 29, 2012 12:00 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Kidney donor found after girl's mom makes appeal

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - A mid-Michigan mother who drew attention for holding up a sign earlier this year along a street asking passing motorists to get tested as a possible kidney donor for her 10-year-old daughter says a match has been found.

Stacey Schwerin of Bay City tells ( a hospital notified her Nov. 21 that a kidney is available for Jessica, who was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure. Jessica's need also was listed through the state's organ donor registry, and the identity of the donor wasn't disclosed.

Schwerin was told that the kidney will come from a living donor and a transplant likely will take place in January. She says the family "can't be thankful enough."

Jessica says she's "excited but scared" and hopes the donor will be OK after surgery.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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