Six-year-old Matthew Parker needs a kidney.
The New Braunfels, Texas, first-grade student’s kidneys started failing him when he was just three weeks old.
His first transplant, at the age of 2, failed. Doctors at University Transplant Center in San Antonio gave him a 1 per cent chance of finding a second donor, but were willing to fight for him anyway — and held a press conference to publicly ask for donors.
Among the more than 70 people tested as possible matches was Lindsey Painter, Matthew’s first-grade teacher.
“When it came back that I was a match, it was shocking,” Painter told KVUE. “It did take a while to wrap my head around it, to think that I can do this, I can still live a normal life…and I get to make this amazing difference in Matthew’s life.”
“I have a ten-year-old and six-year-old at home, little boys. And I just can’t imagine having a child who is going through what Matt has gone through,” she told News 4 San Antonio.
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