This week, 12-year-old Kaden Koebcke is recovering from a kidney transplant, which his parents have said was successful.
He looks forward to life without dialysis, which he has been on since he was little after being diagnosed with a kidney disease at age 2.
At age 5, he had his first kidney transplant, with his father acting as donor, but it was unsuccessful.
Now, as he recovers from his first successful transplant, his parents most likely still can’t believe who was willing to step up this time to act as a living donor: his own teacher.
Fox News reports:
A sixth-grader in Georgia is going to get an “unbelievable” gift from his technology teacher Tuesday: a kidney.
William Wilkinson,a teacher at Grace Christian Academy in Powder Springs, is serving as a living donor to his student, Kaden Koebcke, Fox 5 reported Monday.Advertisement - story continues below
The 12-year-old’s first kidney transplant — performed when he was five years old with his father donating — didn’t work out.
“It came back so badly that they had to remove it within five days of them putting it in, so that — that definitely didn’t go as planned,” Koebcke, who was diagnosed with a kidney disease at the age of two, told the news station.
Koebcke’s family sought help through a Facebook page called Kaden’s Kidney Search.
“With his particular situation, he can’t receive a kidney from a deceased donor, so he is in need of a living kidney donor,” the page explains.
Koebcke’s mother, Cami, will never forget the day Wilkinson visited their home to reveal he had found a perfect match.Advertisement - story continues below
“He says, ‘Well, do you guys really wanna know?’ And we said, ‘Yeah, we wanna know, we wanna thank him,’” she told the station.
“And you know, He’s like, ‘Well, it’s me.’ And I mean it just — I mean … it was unbelievable,” Cami recalled.
On Tuesday, Kaden’s Facebook page was updated to inform followers that the operation was successful, and to ask for continued prayers:
Such an incredibly generous act!