Kidney donor found for Mich. girl whose mother made public appeal for help on roadside sign

Jessica Schwerin, 10, from Bay City to receive new kidney from living donor

Published On: Nov 29 2012 01:06:59 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 29 2012 01:17:35 PM EST
Doctors in surgery
BAY CITY, Mich. -

A mid-Michigan mother who drew attention for holding up a sign earlier this year along a street asking passing motorists to get tested as a possible kidney donor for her 10-year-old daughter says a match has been found.

Read: Mom seeks kidney donor for daughter with roadside sign.

Stacey Schwerin of Bay City says a hospital notified her Nov. 21 that a kidney is available for Jessica, who was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure, reported MLive.com.

Jessica's need also was listed through the state's organ donor registry, and the identity of the donor wasn't disclosed.

Schwerin was told that the kidney will come from a living donor and a transplant likely will take place in January.

She says the family "can't be thankful enough."

Jessica says she's "excited but scared" and hopes the donor will be OK after surgery.

Schwerin previously turned down cash donations received during her sign campaign because she was "more worried about finding a donor" for her daughter.

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