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Gym Teacher Donates Kidney to One of Her High School Students

 

West Side Academy senior A’Ja Booth, left, and her teacher, Nadirah Muhammad, enter a welcome rally for Booth at the school on Tuesday.
West Side Academy senior A’Ja Booth, left, and her teacher, Nadirah Muhammad, enter a welcome rally for Booth at the school on Tuesday. Photograph: Mandi Wright/AP
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An 18-year-old returned to her Detroit high school on Tuesday with a new kidney, donated by her gym teacher.

Students threw confetti as A’Ja Booth entered the West Side Academy, walking arm-in-arm with Nadirah Muhammad down a red carpet in the gym. Muhammad, 39, gave Booth the kidney in December.

“I’m blessed and I’m thankful,” Booth told the students, fighting back tears.

For four years, she left school early three days a week to undergo kidney dialysis. She wrote a book about her experience, My Dialysis Journey, which led Muhammad to make the offer, the Detroit News reported.

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