Transplant surgery success for teacher-student

FOND DU LAC REPORTER | Sharon Roznik and Nathan Phelps
Natasha Fuller is carried by her mom Karrie Cox to an elevator at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin prior her kidney transplant on May 24, 2016 in Milwaukee.
(Photo: Wm. Glasheen/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)
MILWAUKEE - Doctors say a technically challenging kidney transplant donation from a Wisconsin teacher to a student was successful Tuesday giving the 8-year-old girl a new lease on life.

The nearly daylong surgery led to some unusually quiet moments at the elementary school both call home as staff and students alike waited for word on the condition of the pair.

Jodi Schmidt, a third-grade teacher in Oakfield, donated a kidney to Natasha Fuller, a first-grader at the school. Both are recovering from the operation. Schmidt's kidney was removed Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and taken through a corridor to neighboring Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, where a separate team worked on Natasha.

"It was technically challenging, but at the end it went really well," said transplant surgeon Dr. Michael Zimmerman. "The kidney looked great at the end of the procedure." Continue reading
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