Teacher in need gets new kidney from student's father

Teacher in need gets new kidney from student's father
Posted at 4:42 PM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-11 13:34:57-04

DENVER (KXRM/CNN) - A Colorado high school teacher is getting a second chance at life.

Andy Klaus-Corritore teaches 9th grade history at Denver Academy. Two years ago, he was diagnosed with kidney failure.

Knowing time was not on his side, Stacy Folk, a parent of one of the students in his homeroom, posted a video on social media asking people to help save his life.

Scott Patten, the father of another student at the school, was so touched he decided to donate one of his kidneys.

"If I could help him live another decade or two, and keep helping kids like that, it would be a big change for the world that I can't do myself," Patten said.

Klaus-Corritore is grateful to him and everyone who helped make the donation happen.

"She's the first person I called when I found out I was getting a kidney, I didn't call my mom, I called Stacy, cause she was the one who got me here" he said.

The kidney transplant surgery was scheduled for Monday.  There is no update yet on Klaus-Corritore’s condition.

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