Substitute Teacher Donates Her Kidney To One Of Her Student’s Mom In An Act Of Kindness That Will Never Be Forgotten
A parent-teacher conference has resulted in the teacher donating her kidney to the parent.
Donna Hoagland, who was a substitute for Troy Volk while his normal fourth-grade teacher was out on maternity leave, noticed that something seemed to be bothering him. After asking him what was wrong, he responded by saying that he was worried about the health of his mother.
“A lot of days, he looked like the weight of the world was on his shoulders,” Hoagland said.
At this point, Hoagland decided that it was best to schedule a conference with Troy’s mother Anahita Volk to get a better grasp on the situation. During the conference, Hoagland learned that Volk is suffering from failing kidneys and is on a wait-list for a replacement. The problem is that there are more people who need kidneys than people who are willing to donate their kidneys. Furthermore, only certain donors are compatible with certain recipients.
Volk had been dealing with kidney issues for a long time and it had recently begun to significantly impact her life. She felt that she wasn’t reaching her full potential as a mother due to her failing kidneys.
“It breaks your heart that you’re the one who is supposed to be taking care of them and they’re the ones taking care of you,” Volk said.
During the conference, Volk jokingly asked Hoagland if she was willing to donate her kidney. Hoagland replied in a serious tone that she’s willing to donate it if she’s tested and they are a match.
“I was flabbergasted. I was like ‘No, are you serious?! I was in total disbelief,” Volk said.
After getting tested, they learned that their kidneys were compatible.
“I just fell to the ground and started crying in the middle of the parking lot,” Volk said.
Troy was equally stunned, but also excited that his mother would finally be able to live life to the fullest.
After a multitude of procedures, the kidney transplant was a success and Volk has never been happier.