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 (http://ohne.ws/15178RT) 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.