One teacher has saved the life of a seriously ill student after deciding to donate one of his kidneys to 13-year-old, Alya Ahmed Ali.
Alya from London, Uk suffered from renal failure. She also has hydrocephalus - water on the brain - which has resulted in her having severe learning difficulties.
Ray, a special educational needs co-ordinator decided to offer one of his kidneys to Alya, after learning that she was desperate for a donor.
“I said ‘Can I put my name down as a donor?’ I knew what being a donor meant and I knew there was a possibility it could go ahead and I knew the implications. I knew exactly what I was doing.”
Both Alya and Ray went for blood tests and discovered by a miracle that they were both a match, despite not being related.
The transplant operation took place in February in London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital and was a success.
Ray and Alya are now recovering from the surgery and are expected to return to school after Easter break.
Alya’s father, Ahmed Ali is grateful for what Ray has done for his daughter and has called him “a hero and a lifesaver”.
“Ray has given Alya much more than just the gift of life. He’s an amazing man, we owe him so much."
While Ray said he was happy he could help Alya and now feels apart of the family.
“For her parents, it’s not words that can express their gratitude. For them, I have saved their daughter’s life.”