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Sunday, September 4, 2016


Organs donated by Constantino Amores III saved the lives of at least three people.

A retired Brooklyn teacher has developed an unlikely friendship after meeting a man whose brother — a perfect stranger — donated his lungs, giving her the gift of life.

Tricia Moses, 41, of Canarsie, then a special-education instructor at Public School 233, grabbed headlines in 2013 when she delayed a lifesaving organ transplant so she could prepare her students for high-stakes state exams.

The inspiring educator, who suffers from scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease, finally got her lungs in 2014 from a mystery donor who had passed away. And now the donor’s brother, who has moved to the Big Apple to pursue a law degree, is making fast friends with the former teacher.

“I’m beyond grateful that we were finally able to meet. It felt like a homecoming,” said Moses, whose inspiring life story and dedication to her students earned her a Hometown Heroes in Education award from the Daily News in 2013.

Patients bond as they await life-saving organ transplants in Pittsburgh

“I feel a lot of gratitude to the family of this young man who was willing to be an organ donor,” she added.

Moses’ miracle transplant took place on Jan. 29, 2014, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, nearly 400 miles from home. Continue reading
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