According to media reports, a teacher in the US has saved one of her students with a kidney donation. The five-year-old, who suffers from a rare immune disease, needed a new organ.
Teacher's selfless step
There are frequent reports of cases in which well-known personalities donate organs to their beloved spouse or relatives. For example, future German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and former DGB chief Michael Sommer each donated a kidney to their wives. But many people who are not in public life are ready for the selfless step. So is Beth Battista. The preschool teacher from the US state of Wisconsin has donated a kidney to a schoolgirl and thus probably saved the lives of five-year-olds.
Healthy people can give off a kidney
In Germany, a patient dies every eight hours because there is no organ donor for him. In other states, the numbers are often similar. The organ most commonly transplanted in this country is the kidney.
Healthy people with two intact kidneys can usually give one without health restrictions and thus save lives or increase the quality of life of the recipient.
However, no surgery is completely risk-free and therefore a dash of courage is needed to take this step. And much more when it comes to organ donation outside the family.
Two years ago, an organ donation was reported in the US, which was the case. At that time, a waitress donated a kidney to a regular guest.
And also in the US, a teacher has now donated a kidney to her student.
Five-year-old schoolgirl's life saved
According to a BBC report, Beth Battista, a Wisconsin preschool teacher, donated a kidney to her five-year-old pupil, Lyla, and saved her life.
The teacher explained that she had not hesitated to offer a kidney when she heard about Lyla's lengthy search for a suitable donor: "I knew that I only had to be tested rather than continue to suffer." At that time, she knewTeacher does not know that Lyla should become her student.
She said that she had become aware of the little girl's condition through a Facebook post by Lyla's mother.
Little Girl Needed 12 Hours of Dialysis Daily
According to the BBC, Lyla was diagnosed with Microscopic Polyangiitis( MPA) a year ago, a rare autoimmune disease requiring 12 hours of dialysis per day.
Beth Battista was considered a suitable donor to Lyla after two tests in July and August. In September, she discovered that the child should become a student of her in preschool.
Recently the two were operated on."It was the same level of pain as a cesarean section," the BBC teacher said, "but I am pleased to say that the kidney immediately started working when she was put into Lyla."
"MeShe was discharged from the hospital 48 hours after the operation and feels OK, albeit very tired. "
But her condition is not unusual:" I was told that this is normal for donors because their remaining kidney needs to grow to be missingOrgan. "
Battista stated," I'm really proud to have saved her life. "(Ad)