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Oakfield Elementary eight-year-old receives life-saving kidney transplant from her teacher

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MILWAUKEE — An eight-year-old girl has received a life-changing gift from a special donor at a Milwaukee area hospital.

Oakfield Elementary first-grader Natasha Fuller will be able to do things she’s never done before — ride a roller coaster, play on a sandy beach and take a swim. Fuller was in surgery Tuesday, May 24th — along with a teacher at her school, Jodi Schmidt, who donated a kidney to the girl.

Fuller’s smile and attitude in spite of her chronic kidney disease inspired Schmidt to get tested months ago for a possible donation. Schmidt, Fuller and her family were ecstatic to learn the teacher was a match.

Natasha has been living with her grandparents in Oakfield so she could get the specialized treatment she needed in Milwaukee. Her parents and siblings live in Oklahoma.