Woman With Life-Threatening Disease Turns To Facebook To Find A Donor
For the past five years the 28-year-old has suffered from hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), a disease causing her body to create blood vessels with atypical capillaries that lead arteries and veins to be more likely to rupture.
Now, Di Bernardo is searching for a liver transplant, and her first stop outside the medical community is Facebook.
On Thursday, the hairdresser wrote a post detailing her struggle and reaching out for help from the vast community of Internet supporters.
It has come to a time where I need to share my story. I would like to first share my personal experience with anyone... Posted by Jillian Di Bernardo on Thursday, October 29, 2015
The post was shared by helpful readers over 1,100 times, and Di Bernardo claimed an avalanche of emails have come her way from willing donators, Cosmopolitan reports.
The Ontario resident is attempting to reply to all who express interest, assuming if she's not a match perhaps there is another HHT sufferer in need.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, she shared,
If there's any way [our health care system] can be made better through this I would be so happy that I could help not just my own life but someone else's.