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New Kid on the Block Finds New Kidney for Fan

4/26/2011 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's official ... Twitter saves lives -- in fact, Donnie Wahlberg from New Kids on the Block was able to help find a NEW KIDNEY for an extremely sick fan ... using nothing but the social networking site.


It all started with a tweet from the fan's best friend who was trying to raise awareness about the girl's dire situation -- one of her kidneys was failing ... fast.

Donnie retweeted the link to his 183,000 followers, asking for help ... prompting a barrage of phone calls to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where the girl -- named Bobbette Miller -- was being treated.

According to the Boston Herald, the calls yielded SIX matches -- and Bobbette is now scheduled for a transplant in June.

Ah, the power of 140 characters or less.



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That's so great! I just received a new set of lungs a year ago. I am so happy for this girl and very proud of Donnie for a very simple post that he made.

1275 days ago


I always knew there was a reason that Donnie was my favorite New Kid, used to have a mad crush on him back in the day.

1275 days ago


This is such a great story!!! It is wonderful to see someone use their celebrity for something so amazing!! I have been a NKOTB fan for over 20 years and this is just one of the many reasons why!!

1275 days ago


Godbless her! only thing that makes me laugh a bit is "bobbette" means underwear in french, takes a bit away from the dramatic story, for me at least lol

1275 days ago


Great story. Glad to see a celeb using their influence to help others.

1275 days ago


nice going donnie! way to step up and take action. two minutes to save someones life! wouldnt it be nice if all problems were worked out so easily? i hope more celebs follow your lead.

1275 days ago


i love them man, bless them

1275 days ago


That is AwEsOmE!! Way to go Donnie!! I knew that there were still a few GOOD people out there!! Thank GOD that they were brought together!!

1274 days ago


As if I didn't love him enough already!! Soldiers get it done!

1274 days ago


Good luck I only have one kidney and hope that someday if i needed one that i would be able to find one. I think that was awesome Feel better

1274 days ago

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1274 days ago


wow.. this is incredible .. I love seeing people using their celebrity status for an amazing cause like this .. it hits VERY close to home..

1273 days ago


wow.. this is incredible .. I love seeing people using their celebrity status for an amazing cause like this .. it hits VERY close to home..

1273 days ago


God Bless you, Donnie!!! God Bless Bobbette's donor <3
Being a kidney transplant recipient myself, this story brought a special feeling in my heart... the feeling I get when I hear that another one of us have received (or will soon be getting) the gift of life.
If more celebrities would get involved and encourage organ donation, America wouldn't have so many people dying while waiting for organs!
Prayers for Bobbette ad her family.

1273 days ago


New Kids on the Block are hot. Damn the entire group look good including Backstreet Boys. Yes they all can get it.

1273 days ago
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