Selina's Search

CBS 12 Interview


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PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — 28-year-old Selina Hodge was born with Spina Bifida. It is a condition the caused her kidneys to fail three years ago. She has been on the waiting list since September, but recently decided to increase her chances of saving her life by turning to Craigslist.<

“Actually, the whole Craigslist idea was my moms. She was like while you’re on Craigslist, you should post for a kidney,” said Selina.

And so that’s exactly what Selina Hodge did back in May and then again last Thursday. Using Craigslist to ask people if they might consider donating a kidney to her. A generous stranger now being her only chance of survival.
“Family, friends not a match, either because of health or blood type,” said Selina.

Born with Spina Bifida, Selina has already had her share of health problems. She has had to wear leg braces her whole life. Then, three years ago her kidneys failed, forcing her to go on dialysis.

“I hook myself up to the machine every night for nine hours and the machine is programmed so I can actually do the whole procedure, the dialysis procedure overnight,” said Selina.

That’s allowed her some freedom, giving her the chance to keep working and go to college. But both can only be part time.

“I get sick a few times a week. I do get sick. So it does kind make my regular every day life kinda hectic,” said Selina.

Since re-posting for a kidney on Craigslist, Selina tells us she’s received hundreds of e-mails and signed up more than 80 people to be tested as a possible donor. Selina is hoping one of them will be her match and willing to help.
“I’m very thankful especially to know there’s people out in the world that are still kind hearted and nice and want to lend a helping hand especially to a stranger,” said Selina.

Selina says once she’s healthy, she plans to finish school to become a crime scene technician and become a motivational speaker. But first do the one thing she’s missed the most.

“I can’t get in the pool and I used to love to swim all the time, so that’s the main thing I look forward to, I just can’t wait to dive into a pool. I guess I’m going to feel like I won a trillion dollars,” said Selina.

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