Mansfield Teacher Donating Kidney to Student
Updated: Thursday, April 18 2013, 08:20 PM EDT
MANSFIELD -- An Ohio community is rallying behind a teacher who is donating a kidney to a student.
Wendy Killian will provide the organ for a student she taught in Kindergarten last year at Mansfield Christian School. Eight-year-old Nicole Miller was born with only one kidney, and that organ is now failing.
Nicole appeared as rambunctious and silly as any 8-year-old during a recent school visit, but her mother says she tires easily. Doctors tested 18 potential donors before Killian stepped up.
Killian knows first-hand about critically ill children and the kindness of strangers. Her son fought for his life as an infant due to a blood disease. A donation of platelets helped save his life.
“To be holding a child when the doctors can’t tell you whether they’ll live or not is a terrifying place to be,” Killian said.
She told ABC 6/FOX 28, from that point on, she prayed for an opportunity to provide the same kind of help for another child. That chance will come Tuesday, when both the teacher and student go to Cleveland for the procedure. Neither Killian nor Nicole’s mother, Letitia Miller, said they were nervous about the operation.
“For me, it’s going to be a day of joyfulness because she’s getting her new kidney and she’s going to feel so much better,” Miller said.
Reporter: Tom Bosco
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