Most of us have a story or two about teachers that have really affected who we are. But Lyla Carreyn, 5, might just have the one story that trumps them all.
Thanks to the heart and compassion of a Wisconsin preschool teacher, Carreyn will now forever be connected to her teacher, Beth Battista.
After hearing about the 5-year-old’s year-long battle against a rare autoimmune disorder, Battista wanted to help in the best way she could — by donating her kidney.
“I’ve always had a feeling that there was something more that I was supposed to do in my life,” Battista told Inside Edition.
Despite the Carreyn family’s nationwide search for a match, the results came back negative for a compatible donor.
According to reports, because of multiple blood transfusions, it became all the more difficult to find an exact match for the young girl who was diagnosed with microscopic polyangiitis, and was on dialysis for 12 hours a day.
“She deserves a normal life, one where she can learn and explore, like any other 5-year-old,” Battista explained.
Inspired by Carreyn’s story, Battista decided to see if she was a match, and thankfully she was. As a means to break the good news to Carreyn and her family, the preschool teacher wrote a heartfelt note, saying, “I may just be her teacher now, but soon a little piece of me will be with Lyla forever. I’m Lyla’s kidney donor.”
Fast forward to today, where both Battista and Carreyn are now well on their way to recovery.
While the 5-year-old is still recovering at the hospital a week after the transplant, Battista was able to return home two days later.
“48 hours of discomfort or pain is a small price to pay for saving somebody’s life,” Dena, mother of Lyla Carreyn said. “I hope other people would be able to do it, and to save more lives.”
If you would like to become a living donor, visit UW Health’s website.