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TODDLER'S TRANSPLANT: 'It's a beautiful thing to see that scar'

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Six weeks ago Wednesday, little Arianna Moore received a kidney transplant putting an end to 10 hours of dialysis each day. The surgery has left the delicate 2-year-old with a 6-inch scar down her belly, but it’s a constant reminder of the kindness of strangers.

Arianna is finally back home after a kidney transplant made possible by a complete stranger who saw her story on the Internet.

“When there's good to be done you have to do it. And I could do it, so how could you say no?” Christy Harding said, the woman who donated her kidney to the toddler.

“I was going to do whatever it took to find Arianna's kidney. I didn't think it would actually happen on Facebook,” her mother, Ashley Moore said.

After undergoing a series of tests to confirm she was a match, Harding flew from Jacksonville, Florida to the Twin Cities. For the past two years, Arianna has been undergoing daily dialysis treatment since she was diagnosed with kidney failure at just 7 weeks old. The day before the transplant was supposed to take place, Arianna developed a fever that delayed the surgery for month.

“After a certain point, I was just wondering when. I knew this was on God's hands and it was his plan and it was his timing,” Harding said.

Finally, on June 18, Arianna underwent the 5-hour life-saving surgery.

“So when we go to go see her on Sunday, it was awesome. She was doing so great. And I just got to hold her hand and just look and see how great she was doing,” Harding said.

Arianna will still require regular checkups and a lifetime of anti-rejection drugs, but she and her parents are now free of the daily ritual of dialysis and she’s able start being a kid again.

“She did great. And it's a beautiful thing to see that scar, finally,” Ashley Moore said.

Harding has had a lengthy recovery as well – she just went back to work on Monday. She normally skips over Facebook posts about sick kids because they make her sad, but she says Arianna's story touched her because she has a 2-year-old daughter of her own.

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