They say some teachers leave an impression that stays with you for life. For 4-year-old Lyla, she will carry a piece of her preschool teacher around with her forever.
After being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune-related disease, Lyla has been experiencing kidney failure and needed a transplant.
The Wisconsin family launched a nationwide search trying to find a compatible donor for Lyla, so that she could finally have the childhood she deserves.
Then one day Dena Carreyn, Lyla's mom, got the amazing news she was hoping for from an unsuspected person. Lyla's preschool teacher, Beth Battista, was a perfect match and was willing to donate her kidney to the little girl.
“When I opened the package and read the note, it took a moment to sink in,” Dena tells Babble. “As soon as I realized what was happening, I was elated. The feelings were very similar to what I experienced the day Lyla was born; Lyla is getting a second chance at life, thanks to Beth.”
“I just had a feeling when I first heard about Lyla being sick,” Beth tells Babble. “It was something inside me that said I needed to get tested. After searching the entire country, it in a true miracle that I am her match. I feel blessed to be able to save her life and give her the future she deserves.”
“Words cannot express the depth of my gratitude,” Dena tells Babble. “How do you possibly thank someone for saving your child’s life? Words are not enough. Beth will forever be a part of our family.”