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Texas teacher a perfect match for first-grader needing kidney transplant – CBS News

CBS NEWS February 20, 2015, 4:10 PM

When 6-year-old Matthew Parker’s family found out he needed a kidney transplant, they launched a nationwide search for a match. But they didn’t really need to look any further than his first-grade classroom.

His teacher, Lindsey Painter, turned out to be a perfect match and has agreed to be his donor.

“I knew right away that I needed to find out if I could help Matthew,” Painter told KTBC-TV.

This will be the second kidney transplant for the little boy from New Braunfels, Texas. Matthew’s kidneys started failing just weeks after his premature birth. He underwent his first kidney transplant in 2010, but his body later rejected the organ.

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