Does anybody need a kidney?

A little more than three years ago, Natasha Coe, of Greenfield, WI, posted on Facebook, “does anybody need a kidney?”

She had an extra one and wanted to give it to someone who needed it. As it turns out, the stepmother of a long-ago high school acquaintance needed it. And got it a year ago.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today follows up on the unusual exchange, which is now the topic of a short film:


“The whole thing was kind of freaky,” says Coe, who works with at-risk youths at the Running Rebels Community Organization.

It started with the death of her ex-boyfriend’s uncle, who suffered from kidney failure.

Coe was crushed. She thought long and hard about what that death meant, read up on the subject of organ donation and tried to figure out what she could do to help.

On, Feb. 3, 2010, Coe worked up the nerve and posted an update on her Facebook page.

She wrote, “After reading an article and recent events that have happened, I think I may donate one of my kidneys. If anyone knows someone on the waiting list for one, let me know . . . And I’m serious (for once).”

For emphasis, she added a smiley face.