NHC teacher saving the life of a student
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - JoAnn Schettig became a teacher to change little lives for the better.
"Even if it's just a math test or spelling, you're changing their life," Schettig said.
That's why when she overheard a co-worker talking about her daughter Alex's desperate situation, she jumped at the chance to help.
In August, the 16-year-old was diagnosed with MPGN type 2, a disease that affects the kidney's filters. Her kidneys are currently functioning at just 13 percent.
"I am donating my kidney to Alex," Schettig said.
She says it wasn't even a question. For the mother of two, it's a huge risk for herself and her family, but the benefits are so much greater.
"I just said I would do it, mainly because if it were my children, I hope someone would help us," she said.
After extensive testing at UNC Chapel Hill, doctors confirmed Alex and JoAnn were a perfect match, a 1 in 100,000 chance.
"You want to leave the world a little better than you found it and it's everybody's job to help," Schettig said. "It takes a village."
For Alex, this teacher has forever changed her world.
The pair will undergo surgery next month.
To find out more about Alex's journey, go to www.cotaforalexb.com.
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