Teacher to donate kidney to 4-year-old student

DAILY AMERICAN | Jessica Ivins 

MADISON, Wisconsin — Teachers often make a lasting impact on their students, but one woman’s gift to a child at her school will stay with the little girl for her entire life.

Four-year-old Lyla Carreyn doesn’t get to live the life most kids her age have. She spends 12 hours a day on dialysis, battling a rare, life-threatening autoimmune disorder that has caused inflamed blood vessels to damage her kidneys, Today reported.

Lyla’s mother, Dena, has been watching her daughter suffer since her diagnosis last year. Lyla needed a new kidney, and she needed it fast.

“We were starting to feel desperate,” Dena Carreyn told Today.

Enter Beth Battista, a teacher at Kids Express Learning Center where Lyla goes to school. Battista heard of Lyla’s plight and couldn’t shake the feeling that she needed to help.

“There was just something inside that told me to get tested,” she told Today. “I just knew that I was going to be her match. It was meant to be.”

Sure enough, doctors informed the 36-year-old mother of two that she was indeed the match Lyla and her family had waited so long to find. After getting the go ahead from her husband, Battista decided to surprise Dena Carreyn with the news she’d been praying for. Continue reading
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