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After starting a Facebook campaign in August 2012 searching for a donor, Paul got the response he thought would change his life. After starting a Facebook campaign in August 2012 searching for a donor, Paul got the response he thought would change his life.
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TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) -

A Texarkana man has resumed his search for a kidney donor, after learning that the match he had thought he had found through Facebook didn't work out.

"Of course you get excited and hopeful, but you try not to get to hopeful because you still have to go through all the testing," said Paul.

After starting a Facebook Page in August 2012 searching for a donor, Paul got the response he thought would change his life. Ultimately, however, the woman initially tested to be a kidney donor for Paul, Trista Aikin, turned out not to be a match.

So another Texarkana woman reached out to Paul, wanting to know how she could help. Diana Greenlee says she read Paul's story on Facebook. She was on stand by to help a family friend in a kidney transplant, but after they had found the perfect donor, she wanted to give her kidney to Paul.

Sadly, after testing Diana found out she too was not eligible to give Paul a kidney. Diana's past medical history consists of several surgeries to correct seizures she no longer has. Those surgeries put Diana on medication the rest of her life.

"They were just very particular, I mean they look at family history of all kinds and I'm healthier than I've ever been thanks to the surgery and that was 19 years ago," said Greenlee.

Dr. Neeraj Singh of LSU Medical Center says the criteria needed to become a donor is tough, but necessary.

"The act of donation is a very noble act, but it is solely intended to help the recipient. I think this is a great way of charity, but on the other hand we don't want to put the health of our donors at risk," said Dr. Singh.

Dr. Singh went on to say the donors should not have high blood pressure, diabetes and should be able to undergo a medical procedure. Another factor is a persons age and BMI (Body Mass Index).

"I went through 33 years with all kinds of limits, my whole life did a 180," says Diana, "I got to do things I've never dreamed that I would do, I just got to change my life. Everyone deserves that chance."

After a trip to Dallas, Texas for test to remain on the kidney transplant list, Stratton is now back in Texarkana, AR. The search continues for a matching donor, and he remains hopeful the connection will be made that will change his life.

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