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Girl, 8, gets kidney from kindergarten teacher

CLEVELAND – An Ohio girl is recovering after getting a critical kidney transplant – with the organ donated by her former kindergarten teacher.

Nicole Miller – an 8-year-old first-grader at Mansfield Christian School – got the kidney last week from Wendy Killian, who was her kindergarten teacher last year.

The Mansfield News Journal ( reports that Nicole has a genetic disorder that caused kidney malformation and other problems.

Killian became involved during a parent-teacher conference with Nicole’s mother. The teacher asked for the criteria needed to be a donor and found she met them. She said she was inspired to be a donor because her son needed and received a blood platelet transfusion a few years ago.

The transplant happened last Tuesday at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.