A Detroit student has a new kidney thanks to her teacher. A’Ja Booth, of West Side Academy, received the generous gift from her teacher Nadirah Muhammad.


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

Booth was undergoing dialysis for for years, and wrote a book about her experience, according to the Detroit News.

Muhammad said she overheard Booth in May last year 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.”

Henry Ford surgeon Dr Jason Denny transplanted the kidney into Booth. “I’ve had a lot of combinations, but I don’t know about student-teacher,” the doctor said. “We’ve had ex-wives, and bosses and their employees.”

Booth, who is set to graduate on 8 June, said she planned to attend Oakland University and wanted to be a nurse.

“We expect nothing but grand and glorious things for you,” West Side Academy’s principal, Andrea Ayler, told Booth.


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