We hear so many stories about the failures of our education system, it’s important that we lift up educators who go above and beyond to minister to their young students and help set them on a path towards a successful and fulfilling life.
Typically, however, no one expects even the most impassioned educator in the world to give this much to their students.
A technology teacher in Georgia has blessed one of his students with an incredible gift–he has opted to be a living kidney donor for the child, who was diagnosed with a kidney disease at age 2 and has been living on dialysis most of his life.
Fox News reports that William Wilkinson, a teacher at Grace Christian Academy in Powder Springs, is serving as the donor to Kaden Koebcke, age 12.
When Koebcke was five, he received his first donation, from his father, but it did not go well.
“It came back so badly that they had to remove it within five days of them putting it in, so that — that definitely didn’t go as planned,” he explained to local Fox 5.
His parents set about finding him a new donor through a Facebook page, called Kaeden’s Kidney Search, which explained that due to his particular situation, he needed a kidney from a living, rather than a deceased donor.
But they never expected what Wilkinson had to tell them when he showed up at their home explaining he’d found a perfect match: himself.
“He says, ‘Well, do you guys really wanna know?’ And we said, ‘Yeah, we wanna know, we wanna thank him,’” explained Kaeden’s mother, Cami.
“And you know, He’s like, ‘Well, it’s me.’ And I mean it just — I mean … it was unbelievable,” she said.
The transplant, which happened Tuesday, was successful, according to the Facebook page:
Will's surgery is done and he did well with vital signs stable throughout! The kidney is already over to the other…
Kaden, for whom his parents are asking for continued prayers, is particularly looking forward to life free of dialysis, as one imagines any 12-year-old would.
“I’ve had to be on dialysis for about 10 years now, and it’d really be awesome to live a normal life and not have to live life hooked up to a machine,” he said before the procedure.
What a beautiful story of sacrifice and selfless love.