Dana Sepulveda, then terminally ill, got the call from her doctor in June that the liver and kidney she needed were available — if she got to the hospital in Manhattan in 90 minutes.
The Massapequa mother of two — who is married to an NYPD officer — said she was shaking and desperate to get to Mount Sinai Hospital when she walked into the Nassau County Police Department’s Seventh Precinct in Seaford asking for help at about 6 a.m. on June 26.
A new mom from LaFayette who needed a kidney transplant went on Facebook to seek a donor and found one in four days.
The Jan. 14 post on Victoria Fitzpatrick’s Facebook page had a photo of Fitzpatrick and her baby, Carter, who was born Nov. 4, with this message:
“Hi! My name is Carter. This is my mommy, Victoria, holding me. She’s pretty and smells nice. She doesn’t feel so good though. Dad says she needs a new kid knee because hers are broken and we need someone to give her a new one.”
Janet Burton, Fitzpatrick’s mother, came up with the idea for the Facebook post, which was shared more than 6,000 times. Fitzpatrick’s Facebook message box quickly filled up with about 80 messages from potential donors as far away as Ohio and Georgia.
Jody Adams, 40, a mother of six from Steuben County, was one of them. She read the post one night while lying in bed. “I just knew I was her person,” Adams said. “All I could think of was that little baby.”