Eight-year-old Natasha 'Tasha' Fuller is recovering well after receiving a lifesaving organ transplant earlier this week - amazingly the donor was her teacher.
After being born with prune belly syndrome, poor kidney function had left Tasha, from Wisconsin, missing school over trips to the hospital for dialysis.
Tasha lives with her grandparents to be near the Children's Hospital in Milwaukee for specialised treatment and due to the tubes attached to her body she couldn’t do things a normal girl of her age could do.
Seeing Tasha’s plight, her teacher from Oakfield Elementary, Jodi Schmidt, decided to act. Last December Ms Schmidt began the long process of finding out if she was a match for Tasha.
In March Jodi got the news that she was indeed a match and decided to spring a massive surprise on Tasha’s grandmother Chris Burleton.
We just love when Chris says, “I thought I was coming to school because she was naughty”.
Earlier this week both Tasta and Ms Schmidt went under the knife for the transplant and the surgery was a success with both said to be recovering well.
On Tuesday the hospital released a statement on behalf of Tasha’s family thanking Jodi for her remarkable gift - included in that statement was a picture of a recuperating Tasha, who looks remarkably better.
Speaking on the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Facebook page Jodi said she was “thrilled” her student was doing so well with her kidney.
Well done Ms Schmidt! We doubt Tasha will give out about homework you give her ever again.