Jillian Di Bernardo could die before her name gets to the top of the organ donor list. But she's refusing to let that happen.
"Unfortunately, my place on the list, the scoring method that the hospital uses, it doesn’t serve everyone’s situation, including mine," the 28-year-old told BuzzFeed Canada.
That means it's up to her to find a live donor, someone willing to give her part of their liver. Last week she found out a friend who'd been undergoing testing wasn't a suitable donor, and that's when she turned to Facebook.
Last Thursday, Di Bernardo laid her situation bare in a post that has now been shared over 1,000 times.
What she needs is a healthy, willing donor with an "O" blood type.
And the response has been overwhelming. Di Bernardo's inbox is now overflowing with willing donors.
"I’ve got so many emotions going on right now," she said. "I went from the beginning of the week devastated when I found out my friend being tested all summer wasn’t going to work.
"And then after posting my story I’ve had so many people come forward offering to donate, like, hundreds."
She's replying to as many people as possible in hopes that even if they aren't a match for her, they can help someone else.
"It’s lifted my hope up a lot," she said. "I was sort of feeling hopeless there for awhile about finding a donor before I became deathly ill or died before the surgery. But now with all these people I’m feeling confident that I’ll find a donor."
Lauren Strapagiel is Managing Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.
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