Teacher Fosters Own Student to Keep Him on Kidney Transplant List

Rare | 5/30/2019 | Silke Jasso
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You know how sometimes you hear a story that automatically makes you feel good? So much so, that you start to question your life choices, wondering if are doing all you can to help out others and make a difference in the world? Well, this is that story, folks, and it’s a real tear-jerker.

Thirteen-year-old Damien suffers from Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis and is in need of a kidney transplant. FSGS, for short, attacks the kidney’s filtering units which cause serious scarring that may lead to permanent kidney damage and failure. Although his name is on the top of the transplant list, unfortunately, he can’t stay there without a stable home.

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Damien, who is in the foster care system, has bounced around foster home to foster home for several years, finding it difficult to stay in a place that accommodates his medical needs. Due to his diagnosis, he has also had to live in a hospital for several months because of the lack of suitable placement. Meaning the instability had kept him off the transplant list to receive a kidney donation raising the high risk of transplant failure.

While at school one day, he decided to tell his math teacher at Axl Academy, Finn Lanning, about his situation, explaining that he couldn’t attend anymore and needed to go back to the hospital. For the following weeks, Lanning would visit the seventh-grader and bring him his school work so...
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