DPS student back in school, reunited with teacher who gave her kidney

A.J. Booth was 17-years-old when she needed a kidney transplant. As it turns out, her gym teacher was a perfect match, and the two reunited Tuesday.

Booth is now 18 and missed several months of school due to the procedure. That was until Tuesday. The red carpet was rolled out for her triumphant return to West Side Academy in Detroit. Right by her side was Nadirah Muhammad.

"On December 15, with God at the wheel and tons of support, the transplant was a success and I'm pleased to announce that on this day A.J. and I are on the road to a full recovery." Muhammad's teacher/donor said.

It wasn't a smooth road, however. It involved months of searching and testing to find the perfect match, who turned out to be Muhammad. When she took the mic to thank her teacher, she was overcome with emotion.

Muhammed learned about A.J.'s need for a transplant after reading her first book "My Dialysis Journey."

"I had her in class for about two or three months prior to even knowing about it, it was divine intervention," Muhammad said.

A.J. chronicled her journey about the kidney transplant in her second book "My Kidney Donation Journey."

"It inspires me. I looked and looked for a donor and when I found out she was going to do it I was emotional ." A.J. said.

Despite missing school, she kept up with her studies at home and is set to graduate with the class of 2015. After graduation, she says she wants to go to Oakland University and study nursing, for now though, she talks about plans for living life to the fullest explore and go out and do things I couldn't do before."


Medical professionals like A.J.'s doctor, Jason Denny, say they hope this story highlights the need for organ donors and the difference they can make in someone's life.

"In life you can donate a kidney and when you are deceased you can give and you can help many, many lives." Denny said.

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