A Teacher Donates a Kidney to Student

20 Mar 2015 by Kaysey Pietrzykowsky, No Comments »

6 year old, Matthew Parker isn’t like normal kids. He can’t go to school every day, eat certain foods, or go swimming. This is because his kidney was injured shortly after being born. He gets dialysis treatment 3 times a week at University Hospital in San Antonio. Dialysis is the process of removing waste and access water from the blood. This is normally the kidney’s job, but cannot be done in Matthew’s body anymore.

Last fall, the hospital began looking for a kidney donor for the little boy. He had a kidney transplant when he was 2 years old, but he body disliked his new kidney. Although, the kidney had to match Matthew’s. Matthew’s kidney is especially hard to match because he has been on dialysis. When the transplant center at the hospital started looking for a donor, Matthew’s teacher, Lindsey Painter, signed up right away. She tested to be a match.

The transplant is going to take place in mid-March of this year. He is no longer going to be on dialysis. He will have to come to the hospital once every 6 weeks, instead of three times a week. Painter will have to have several weeks of recovery before going back to work. During that time she will bring in no income for her family and will not be able to care for them. A GoFundMe account has been set up for her.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/26/first-grade-teacher-kidney-donation_n_6754044.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News

 

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