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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:30 AM
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Teacher donates kidney to student
From Newsday http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/nassau-boces-...



Jennifer Mazzotta-Perretti never expected that, after giving students an assignment to write about their experiences doing good deeds, she would have the opportunity to do one herself. One student in her summer creative writing class at Nassau BOCES in Wantagh posed the question: Would you give life to someone else if you didn't have to give up your own? She said yes, she would.Then he asked if she would donate one of her kidneys - to him. Again, she said yes.At the time the student, Kevin O'Brien, didn't need a transplant. Later, when he did, he remembered her answer and asked her again. She pledged that she would, not expecting it to work out because the odds were against two unrelated people being a match.
But after a blood donor card arrived in the mail stating that her blood type was O positive - the same as his - she felt compelled to undergo more testing and learned that their match went beyond blood.


"It was an awesome feeling that I was going to help this kid with more than reading and writing," said Mazzotta-Perretti, 32, who is also the special education director at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns & Rockaway.
On Sept. 3 at Columbia University Medical Center, Mazzotta-Perretti fulfilled her promise and gave 19-year-old O'Brien one of her kidneys.




I have to give a great big kudos to this teacher for keeping and going through with her promise. Hope they both recover well and live full happy lives. :fistbump:
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:33 AM
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1. What a woman. K & R. n/t
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:40 AM
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2. :))))))
Now go get some sun, kid! :P
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:46 AM
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