Gift of life: Teacher donates kidney to student’s sick mother
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (WPEC) —
It’s a teachable moment for all of us. Donna Hoagland, a teacher at Marsh Pointe Elementary School in Palm Beach Gardens, did what many of us would think twice about.
Her 4th-grade student, Troy Volk’s mother has been in stage 5 kidney failure.
A transplant is needed to live, but her rare blood type made the odds of finding a donor slim.
“It saddens me that people die of this every day, my simple solution, I can take care of this,” Hoagland said.
Blood tests showed she was the perfect match for Troy’s sick mother, Anahita.
After months of doing research, she called Anahita for the best parent-teacher conference of all time.
“She was kind of dumbfounded like, you would do that for me? And my thought was, why wouldn’t I do that for you? I just wanted to help her,” Hoagland said.
Anahita received the incredible gift over the holiday break. Troy said what he loved about his mom’s transplant is that the entire family gets a gift.
“It’s a miracle. It’s more than just winning a lottery,” explained Troy. “The best thing about it is it’s more than money can actually give, money cannot give this.”
Everyone is recovering fine from the transplant producer.
Troy said his mom will always carry a piece of his favorite teacher with her.
His behavior now has changed for the better, he smiles all day now.
“He’s awesome. He’s so happy, no more sad faces,” Hoagland said. “Life is no different for me, as of now, with one kidney.”
She hopes her story will inspire others.
The Palm Beach County School District tells CBS12 they will honor Mrs. Hoagland at a board meeting next month.