After not speaking for more than 20 years, two childhood friends from Indiana reconnected on Facebook recently -- and changed each other's lives forever.
Allison Buell, of Whiting, Ind., hadn't spoken to childhood friend Margaret Raduske in years when an email from a mutual acquaintance caught her eye. The Northwest Indiana Times reports:
They were strangers most of their lives, meeting face to face less than two weeks ago. The Whiting woman had reconnected with childhood friend Margaret Raduske — now Vazquez — and learned Margaret's husband, Felix, was a diabetic on dialysis and needed a kidney.
“Instantly, she Facebook-friends me,” Margaret Vazquez told CBS Chicago. “She’s like, ‘I got time, I got a kidney. How do I get tested?’”
"I have a spare one," Buell told the Times. "I might as well give it away."
Felix Vazquez walked out of Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Christmas Day with a new kidney and a new outlook on life.
“She’s given me so many more Christmases with my husband," Margaret Vazquez told CBS. "How do you repay that? We gave her a coffee maker."
Read more about Buell and the Vazquez family's journey here.