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Selfless Kindergarten Teacher Gives Student a Kidney (Video)


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JL
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Wendy Killian gets our hero teacher of the day award!



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JL A. (275)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 5:30 pm

Selfless Kindergarten Teacher Gives Student a Kidney (Video)
Wendy Killian gets our hero teacher of the day award!
By Jenny Inglee
March 14, 2013
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Selfless Kindergarten Teacher Gives Student a Kidney (Video)
Wendy and Nicole playing together and celebrating the good news. (Photo: Mansfield News Journal)

When Wendy Killian's son was one day old, his life was saved by a blood platelet donor. From that day forward, Wendy vowed to help the parents of a critically ill child if given the chance.

Recently, Wendy got that opportunity. A former student, eight-year-old Nicole Miller, was born with one kidney and suffers from branchiootorenal syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes malformations of the ear and cysts in the neck, hearing loss, and malformations of the kidney, according to the Mansfield News Journal.

Rapidly, Nicole's one kidney began to fail.

Nicole and her parents were running out of options.They reached out to everyone they knew, and 18 people offered to donate a kidney to the little girl. Unfortunately, none of them were a match. Then last year, Nicole's kindergarten teacher stepped forward.

"She was just this bright light in the classroom,” Killian told the Mansfield News Journal of Nicole.
(Video by Mansfield News Journal)

Nicole's father, Brian, wrote on his blog that, "It is such an amazing thing how a teacher is willing to give of herself for the good of one of her former kindergarten students."

We agree.

In America today, more than 26 million Americans have kidney disease, and most don't know it, according to The National Kidney Foundation. There are 95,000 people waiting for kidney transplants.

So this March—during National Kidney Month—The National Kidney Foundation is urging that each of us give our kidneys a second thought and a well-deserved checkup.
 

Terry V. (30)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 5:55 pm
THANK YOU for thr HAPPY TEARS!!!
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 5:55 pm

There are still heroes in this world. It is not easy to find a match, I think too many TV shows make people think it's easy, but I know from experience it is not. Most of us can do just fine with one kidney, and most of us would do this for a family member, but for a student? That is at least to me, heroic.
 

Christeen Anderson (489)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:26 pm
A real hero. Thanks for sharing.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:44 pm
You are welcome Terry and Christeen. I agree Kit.
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Jerry B. (120)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:36 pm
Noted what a great person to give the gift of life, she sure is a hero God bless her..thanks JL.
 

Bill and Katie D. (90)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:42 pm
Love the Kindergarten Teachers! They spend a lot of money of their own to get the class going each year, students don't have things they need and they supply extra clothes for accidents!! I have always said the teacher spend more time with our children in a day than the parent's do. After all when they are home they are watching TV, sudying or eating and sleeping!
 

Angie V. (41)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:58 pm
Excellent teacher!
 

Robert Hardy (67)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 10:05 pm
The best part being human.
 

Gene Jacobson (252)
Monday March 18, 2013, 11:38 am
Teachers are the unsung hero's of this and every generation. And among the lowest paid. I went to a small two room country school that had four grades in each room, two teachers who had gone to a two year "normal" school, which later became a four year university and is my own alma mater. They were amazing both of them, preparing lesson plans for several subject for four grades, every day. They taught us things that I later found were much advanced. Just one example, when I went to the "town" school, high school, in 10th grade we were taught how to diagram sentences; I'd been taught how to do that in 5th grade. I wish I could have taken them with me, I'd have been a better high school student with them than without. I don't doubt it all. They, most teachers, give their all every day and conditions have gotten so much worse over time, they now buy equipment for their students that used to be provided by the schools, they work evenings and weekends to be sure they are doing the best job possible. And, then, they go above and beyond, like this one, because their love is so great. Among the most unappreciated and most valuable assets this, or any, country has.
 

Carol D. (109)
Monday March 18, 2013, 11:41 am
this must be one of the most generous acts you could do for anyone in your life Yes a real hero

Noted thanks
 

JL A. (275)
Monday March 18, 2013, 3:15 pm
Thank you for that wonderful tribute Gene. You cannot currently send a star to Gene because you have done so within the last day.
I agree Carol. You cannot currently send a star to Carol because you have done so within the last day.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Monday March 18, 2013, 3:27 pm
Beautiful story-thanks
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Monday March 18, 2013, 5:13 pm
Makes my heart sing - thanks so much for this touching article!
 

JL A. (275)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:08 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Holly because you have done so within the last day.
 

Ingrid A. (530)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 8:16 am
Very awesome story. Its noted.
 
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