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Preschool teacher, 4-year-old recovering after ‘perfect kidney' transplant

MADISON, Wis. - Doctors said a 4-year-old girl who underwent a lifesaving transplant Wednesday received the “perfect kidney” from her donor, with whom she shares a special connection.

News 3 first told you about Lyla Carreyn and her need for a kidney transplant last September.

She has a rare autoimmune disorder that caused her kidneys to fail.

A nationwide search for a suitable donor turned up nothing, but her perfect match ended being right next to her in a Madison preschool classroom.

Her teacher, Beth Battista, surprised the family last fall, saying she would donate her kidney to Lyla.

On Wednesday, the two underwent surgery.

“It’s such a joyful day,” Lyla’s mom, Dena Carreyn, said. “We're so thankful for the gift that Lyla is getting and hoping that this is a fresh start and hoping it is the miracle we’ve been waiting for.”

Battista was out of surgery and doing well Wednesday afternoon.

Carreyn posted on Facebook on Wednesday night, saying Lyla was out of surgery and resting comfortably.

“We’re incredibly relieved and grateful that today’s surgeries went smoothly,” Carreyn said on Facebook. “Fingers crossed for an easy, restful night for both Lyla and Beth.”


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