An 18-year-old high school student in Detroit is thanking her gym teacher for helping to save her life.
A’Ja Booth has kidney disease, and back in December, her gym teacher, 39-year-old Nadirah Muhammad, donated one of her kidneys.
According to the Huntington Post, Booth documented her disease in a book called “My Dialysis Journey.” Muhammad asked if she could read it, and was moved by what she ready. That’s when she thought of her own teenage daughter, and decided to get tested to see if she’d be a good match for her student.
The Detroit Free Press reports that there was a 2-3 percent chance that Muhammad would die from the kidney surgery, but she decided to go through with it anyway. Thankfully, the surgery was a success, and Booth was able to get a new kidney.
Many have been calling Muhammad a hero, but she insists that she just did what she had to do.