Man donates kidney after finding misplaced Craigslist ad

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The match wouldn't have happened if not for a misplaced ad. (WPVI)

"It's more than a gift, it's being reborn."
Doctors at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are preparing two people from our area for kidney transplant surgery, but the match wouldn't have even happened if not for a misplaced ad.

32-year-old Nina Saria of Egg Harbor Township says she wasn't comfortable at first with her husband Kay posting a Craigslist ad to find her a kidney donor.

"I'm a private person so I didn't like the idea of putting out the story and I also didn't want people to feel bad for me," Nina said.

But Kay felt helpless.

Nina went into kidney failure more than a year ago due to an autoimmune illness. She needs dialysis three times a week.

He figured a post on Craigslist was worth a shot.

Somehow that post popped up when Glenn Calderbank of West Berlin, N.J. was searching for construction supplies.

"Out of nowhere was an ad saying 'looking for a brave person;' not that I thought I was a brave person, but I wondered what they were looking for," Glenn said.

When he realized it was for a kidney, it hit home.

His first wife Jessica also had kidney failure. She waited two years for a transplant.

She received a kidney and pancreas from a cadaver, but her body later rejected the organs. She died in 2011.

"He felt my pain and our family's struggle for a kidney," Kay said.

"I definitely think it was a sign," Glenn said.

A sign to give the gift of life.

Glenn is a match and surgery is scheduled for December 1st.

"It's more than a gift, it's being reborn," Nina said.

Glenn and Nina hope their story spark more people to becoming an organ donor.

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