Swiping Right on Tinder Literally Saved This Woman’s Life

Of all the things someone on Tinder can swipe right on — Martin Shkreli, basic bros at IKEA, Forrest Gump — one Florida woman found a kidney donor from a friend’s Tinder date.

A single man from Tampa, Florida, Rich O’Dea, was on the popular dating app when he swiped right on a fateful match. Jennifer Thomas, 35, was on the other end of that Tinder swipe. O’ Dea, 43, told ABC News:

“I thought Jennifer was a pretty girl. We had many mutual friends and I thought it was a good sign, so I swiped right.”

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According to People, the two made plans to go on a first date and that was when O’Dea shared the story about his best friend’s wife Erica Bragan. He told Thomas that Bragan, 47, was a mother of two and suffered from a rare genetic kidney disease. Bragan, who has polycystic kidney disease, had been on the waiting list for nearly three years and was in crucial need of a kidney transplant.

Thomas, also a mother of a 9-year-old son, instantly felt the urge to help, as she recalled:

“All that happened was we had a conversation about it. He told me about her and I wanted to do something.”

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O’Dea was pleasantly surprised and said:

“Jenn had such a positive response to talking about Erika and her family, and she seemed genuinely interested in helping out any way she could.”

O’Dea told Bragan and her husband, Scott, a few days after his Tinder date that someone he met wanted to help. Bragan explained:

“One day he casually mentioned that there was someone who had come forward and wanted to be tested.”

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Months after testing, it was found that Thomas and Bragan were the perfect match for a kidney donor. Bragan is scheduled to undergo a kidney transplant on Nov. 18. Thomas said of her generous gesture:

“It feels incredible to be able to help.”

Bragan and her husband could not have been more grateful. Her husband added:

“Jennifer is our angel, she came down from heaven and blessed us! We are so thankful, the planets aligned and Tinder gave her an angel. It’s a story you just can’t make up.”

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“Everything happens for a reason and as weird as it sounds, we have a dating app to thank for saving my wife’s life.”

Though Thomas and O’Dea did not go on to pursue a romantic relationship, Thomas reflected:

“Going on a Tinder date, maybe having a romantic relationship, that’s great, that’s wonderful. A lot of people do that, but I’ve gained something a lot better.”

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Seems like good things can come from swiping right.

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