The Short of It
A first grade teacher in Texas is donating her kidney to one of her students, 6-year-old Matthew Parker, who has been ill since birth. Wow, and I thought my daughter's first grade teacher went above and beyond!
Lindsey Painter, who is a teacher at the Comal Independent School District in San Antonio, knew that Parker was sick. The kidney he'd received via transplant as a toddler was being rejected by his little body.
"It never occurred to me that I could help him. When they asked for people to volunteer to be tested, I was the first one to sign up. I was shocked when I received the phone call that I was a preliminary match," Painter said in a press release.
After much consideration, Painter decided to donate her kidney to the boy.
"I look at my own boys and then I see some of the things Matthew isn't able to do because of his illness. He has the right to be able to run, be loud and play just like every other kid his age does," she explained about her courageous choice to help.
Parker's family is thrilled about the surgery, which will take place in March. They were told by doctors and nurses that the chances of identifying a match were like finding a "needle in a haystack."
As for the little boy, he expressed his gratitude as only a child can, saying, "When I found out Mrs. Painter was a match, I went up and gave her a big hug. She always makes me happy when I see her because she's such a great teacher."
Here's wishing the duo a speedy recovery and also hoping their story will inspire others to get tested for organ donation compatibility for people in need. You can visit Painter's Go Fund Me page to make a financial contribution toward her care.
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