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Happy & heading home: Young kidney transplant recipient discharged from Children’s Hospital

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Natasha Fuller was discharged from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin on June 2, 2016. Among her belongings she took home were "Stripes" the zebra and balloons from her mom and her great-grandparents. (Credit: Children's Hospital of Wisconsin)

MILWAUKEE — She is a first grader from Oakfield Elementary — and received a donated kidney from a teacher at her school. On Thursday, June 2nd, young Natasha Fuller was discharged from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin — a little more than a week after her surgery.

The following statement was issued by Fuller’s family:

“After a successful recovery at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we are thrilled to report that Tasha is going home today. She still has some healing to do and will require follow-up visits to the hospital for a while, but we are so excited for her to begin this new chapter. We will be forever grateful for Jodi’s selfless gift and support of her family; for the outpouring of support our family has received, particularly from Oakfield Elementary staff and students; and for the amazing care Tasha and Jodi received from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.”

Jodi Schmidt, the teacher and donor in this story, went home last Friday, May 27th.

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.

Natasha Fuller poses with her grandparents before heading home. (Credit: Children's Hospital of Wisconsin)

Natasha Fuller poses with her grandparents before heading home. (Credit: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin)

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