A mother & daughter’s journey through kidney disease and donation

Twittering Transplant

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011  |  Updated 3:17 PM CDT
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Children's Medical Center in Dallas made Internet history Monday, hospital staff Twittered status updates during a kidney transplant.

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Transplant Tweeting

Children's Medical Center and UT Southwestern make Internet history by tweeting status updates during a kidney transplant.
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Children's Medical Center in Dallas made Internet history Monday.

A father gave a kidney to his 3-year-old son, while Tweets were sent during the procedure.

It's the first time the social networking site had been used to give updates on a transplant surgery.

John Gilbreath was born with kidney problems and had been on dialysis since birth when both of his kidneys were removed. His father, Chris Gilbreath, is a firefighter in Sherman.

Hospital staff in Chris's operating room at UT Southwestern University Hospital tweeted about his surgery to remove his kidney while staff in the the Children's Medical Center operating room of his son, John Gilbreath, tweeted about him receiving the kidney.

The 2:24 p.m. tweet said: "John is all stitched up and will be receiving an epidural for pain management."

If the surgery is successful, then Sunday night will have been John's last dialysis treatment.

Staff at both hospitals hope the tweets will educate the public and raise awareness of living organ donations.

The Twitter feed can be found at Twitter.com/ChildrensTheOne.

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