NHC teacher saving the life of a student

Published: Jun. 28, 2015 at 10:45 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 2, 2015 at 10:45 PM EDT
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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.

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