An 18-year-old returned to her Detroit high school on Tuesday with a new kidney, donated by her gym teacher. 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.
Muhammad said she overheard Booth last May talking to another teacher about the book she was then writing.
‘After I read her story, I immediately decided that I wanted to volunteer to donate one of my kidneys,’ Muhammad told the Detroit Free Press. ‘If that was my child, I would want someone to do the same. It was a no-brainer.’
On December 15, an operating crew at Henry Ford Hospital removed Muhammad’s kidney, placed it in a cooling solution packed in ice in a cooler and rushed it to an operating room at Children’s Hospital three miles away, where Booth was waiting.
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 for transplant in December.
‘I’m blessed and I’m thankful,’ Booth told the students, fighting back tears.