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Teacher Goes Beyond Call of Duty With Kidney Donation

By Liana Loewus — April 29, 2013 1 min read
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Teachers give students all sorts of things—homework, snacks, grades, advice, detention. But the Associated Press reports that one Ohio teacher recently gave a former student something much more critical: a kidney.

During parent-teacher conferences, kindergarten teacher Wendy Killian learned that Nicole Miller needed a kidney donation. Miller’s kidney problems, due to a genetic disorder, had caused her to be tired and frequently miss school.

According to the AP, Killian “was inspired to be a donor because her son needed and received a blood platelet transfusion a few years ago.” Miller’s mother told the AP her daughter, who is now 8 and in 1st grade, had “been excited about the thought of getting a new kidney. The thought of being in the same room with Wendy was really comforting to her.”

The two went into surgery last week and are now recovering.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.