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'It's A Match': Woman Donates Kidney To Girlfriend, Who She Met On Tinder, As Adorable Birthday Surprise

25/11/2015 10:20 GMT | Updated 25/11/2015 10:59 GMT
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When Alana Duran swiped right on Tinder, she had no idea she was going to find much more than a love match.

At just 12, Duran was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune condition affects multiple parts of the body and can be life-threatening.

As a result of the condition, Duran has undergone a hip replacement, had a pace maker fitted due to heart failure and, since 2011, been placed on dialysis after her kidneys failed. She is now patiently waiting for a kidney donor.

It's a Match!

As most of you know I was diagnosed with Lupus at the age of 12. Lupus is an autoimmune disease where my body's immune system is overactive and it starts to attack different parts of my body; thinking that my body is a foreign invader. In my case my Lupus was very active when I was younger resulting in a hip replacement, going into congestive heart failure, getting a pacemaker implanted, going into kidney failure and ultimately going on dialysis. I've been waiting patiently for a kidney since 2011. It's been 4 years and no luck yet UNTIL a little while back my wonderfully amazing girlfriend Lori Interlicchio went and got tested to see if she was a match to donate a kidney to me. It turns out she is! Who knew that when we both swiped right on Tinder that day, that we would be more than just girlfriends but that she would be my kidney donor! It's so funny how things work out. Both of us going into this relationship not expecting anything out of the ordinary. It's just so amazing to me that she was willing to get tested and now she's super excited to donate one of her kidneys to me. Lori, I love you so much and I'm so excited that we get to do this together. You're the absolute best.WATCH TILL THE VERY END! :)

Posted by Alana Duran on Friday, 20 November 2015

But her wait has finally come to an end, after her adorable girlfriend, Lori Interlicchio, secretly checked whether she was a match - and surprised her with a Tinder-themed birthday present recreating a screen grab of the app's now-famous "It's A Match" screen.

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Alana Duran and Lori Interlicchio

Duran posted the emotional video to Facebook and it has now had more than 94,000 views (and counting).

"Who knew that when we both swiped right on Tinder that day, that we would be more than just girlfriends but that she would be my kidney donor!" wrote Duran.

"It’s so funny how things work out. Both of us going into this relationship not expecting anything out of the ordinary.

"It’s just so amazing to me that she was willing to get tested and now she’s super excited to donate one of her kidneys to me. Lori, I love you so much and I’m so excited that we get to do this together. You’re the absolute best."

[H/T Metro]