Teacher to donate kidney to 4-year-old student

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Parents all hope that their children's teachers will care about them, but this teacher certainly went above and beyond.

Lyla Carreyn was diagnosed with Microscopic Polyangiitis in October 2015; the disease causes organ failure. "When doctors tried to perform a biopsy to determine why Lyla's kidneys had failed, Lyla's lungs started hemorrhaging uncontrollably," her mother, Dena Carreyn, said.

Since then, her family has been looking for a kidney donor for the 4-year-old. They found one completely unexpectedly: Lyla's preschool teacher, Beth Battista.

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Last month, Abbey Sladick was celebrating her one year wedding anniversary. This month, her mother-in-law is celebrating that her son found a perfect match- literally.

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Cheryl Sladick has spent nearly three years undergoing dialysis for twelve hours a week. She became sick about a year after the two began dating. A rare, autoimmune disease called Goodpasture syndrome has basically wiped out her kidneys. Doctors told Sladick that she would need dialysis for the rest of her life, unless she received a kidney transplant.

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Abbey and Neil tied the knot in June, 2015. Six months later, Abbey began the process of getting tested to determine if she was, indeed a match.

She passed the first hurdle, when doctors told her she had the same blood type- A positive.

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"And then there were more tests and more tests, and it turns out we're a five out of six antigen match, which is basically one of the best matches you can get,"
Abbey told FOX 17 News. "The doctors actually thought we were biological mother and daughter...All the pieces just kept falling into place, and so I knew it was just meant to be."

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 "It's just wonderful to know that Cheryl is going to be able to live a health life again," she said. "It's just surreal, I guess, to be able to give to someone. It just doesn't seem real. But she would do the same thing for me. There's no question that it's supposed to happen."

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Both women are leaning on each other, and their faith as they prepare for surgery. Cheryl is already looking forward to a new life, filled with more time with her
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She's also excited about traveling down Route 66, something she wasn't able to do on dialysis.

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Battista revealed the news to the family with a note, saying, "I may just be her teacher now, but soon a little piece of me will be with Lyla forever. I'm Lyla's kidney donor." Carreyn posted the touching reveal to Facebook:

Carreyn wrote, "Many people think teachers are heroes. Beth Battista is more than our hero; she is our miracle."

The transplant is set to take place in February. The Facebook post has gone viral, generating hundreds of likes and comments. Battista hopes her good deed inspires others to donate, as well. "I have been given the gift of being able to be a living organ donor. Sharing this story with you all will hopefully not just save one life but many more," she said.

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