Ohio girl, 8, gets kidney donation from teacher

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- An Ohio girl is recovering after getting a critical kidney transplant -- with the organ donated by her former kindergarten teacher.

Nicole Miller -- an 8-year-old first-grader at Mansfield Christian School -- got the kidney last week from Wendy Killian, who was her kindergarten teacher last year.

The Mansfield News Journal (http://ohne.ws/15178RT ) reports that Nicole suffered from a genetic disorder that caused kidney malformation and other problems.

Killian became involved during a parent-teacher conference with Nicole's mother. The teacher asked for the criteria needed to be a donor and found she met them. She said she was inspired to be a donor because her son needed and received a blood platelet transfusion a few years ago.

The transplant happened last Tuesday at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland.

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Information from: News Journal, http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com

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