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Ohio 4th Grader to Receive Kidney Donation From Teacher

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A teacher in Reynoldsburg, Ohio is giving a student at her school a gift that could save her life. Tanya Thomas, a 4th grade teacher at Slate Ridge Elementary in Reynoldsburg, came across a Facebook post about a student who was looking for a kidney donor. Little did she know the student, 10-year-old Eva Brown, was a student in a classroom right next to hers.

Last year, Eva Brown was diagnosed with collapsing FSGS and was told she would need a kidney transplant.

“She’s not even Eva’s teacher, she’s just a teacher at her school who responded to a Facebook post and who does that for somebody they don’t know?” said Eva’s mom, Alana Brown in an interview with NBC4i.

Thomas was tested earlier this year to see if she was a match, and although Thomas is prepared to donate her kidney, Eva has had a health setback and was readmitted to the hospital this week. But Thomas says when she’s healthy enough, the transplant will happen in June..


“I thought I was going to lose my baby and now I can watch her grow up. I can watch her play. I can see her go to prom, and get married one day, and I look forward to seeing the woman she’s going to be and that’s because of Tanya Thomas,” said Brown.

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