“I didn’t think that God made people like her anymore”, says Marshall Smith, the father of the kindergarten student whose teacher donated one of her kidneys to.
Choking up, Marshall expresses his joy at being given another chance at life as well as a chance to be there for his 5-year-old boy, Sean.
Her name is Mrs Marie Bell. And she’s an angel.
She first found out about Marshall’s condition when his son was late to school. There was a note from Sean’s mother explaining why: they’d been to hospital because of his dad. She then learnt he’d been on dialysis for two years.
Mrs Bell’s gut instinct was to help. And that she did. She tested and found she was an exact match for Marshall.
The transplant took place very recently – this week in fact – and was successful. Both are said to be doing fine.
“How can I look at that little boy, look in his eyes every day — greet him every day as his teacher, as his caregiver, as his educator and as a mother and know that I didn’t try?”
What more is there to say to that? A selfless act. A beautiful act. An act of utter kindness and love.