Boy Gets Liver Transplant After Mom Makes Plea On Facebook

CBS Chicago | Derrick Blakely

Social media gets blamed for plenty of society’s ills these days.

Today, it’s being praised for literally saving a life.

Talk about a welcome Christmas present. Fourteen-year-old Anthony Parello just received a transplanted liver from an unlikely source: a casual friend his mother hadn’t seen since 1991.

“We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t have Facebook,” Anthony’s mother, Kimberly Parello, says.

Just one week ago, Anthony received a transplanted liver. His mother’s long-lost friend, Kendra Perpich, was the donor.

“I never even knew Kendra until my mom re-connected with her on Facebook,” Anthony says.

He was born with biliary atresia, a form of liver disease. Then, four years ago, a large tumor was discovered on his liver. Continue reading