A teacher has not only given the gift of education to a child, but she gifted her own kidney to a student.
Wendy Killian, who was a kindergarten teacher for 8-year-old Nicole Miller last year, donated one of her vital organs to her former student.
Both teacher and student of Mansfield Christian were taken into the operation room last week. The transplant took place Tuesday at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
"See you soon, sweet girl," Killian told Nicole before their operations, as reported by The Mansfield News Journal.
The first-grader suffers from a genetic disorder that results in kidney malformation amongst other problems. She was born with only one kidney that does not work well and her illness had caused her to often miss school.
So far, both teacher and student are doing well. Nicole's new kidney is said to be functioning well.
Brian Miller, the child's father, spoke of Nicole's medical progress. "For her to be able to feel good and not live in a fog because her body's not able to dispose of waste properly ... seeing what she's going to be like is the exciting part for me as a parent. The next six months will be the most difficult. After six months, things can settle in, and hopefully we can really see what her life is going to be like."
Killian became a donor for Nicole after discussing her condition during a parent-teacher conference. The teacher asked for the criteria required to be a donor and later found out that she met them.
She decided to become a donor after her son received a blood platelet transfusion a few years ago. Her husband Stu supported her decision to become a kidney donor.
"I thought it was a great thing to do," Stu said. "God puts you in certain situations for a reason."
Letitia, Nicole's mother, spoke about the comfort her child feels to be receiving a kidney from her teacher.
"She's been excited about the thought of getting a new kidney," she said. "The thought of being in the same room with Wendy was really comforting to her."