A Detroit student has a new kidney thanks to her teacher. A’Ja Booth, of West Side Academy, received the generous gift from her teacher Nadirah Muhammad.


“I’m blessed and I’m thankful,” Booth told the students, fighting back tears.

Booth was undergoing dialysis for for years, and wrote a book about her experience, according to the Detroit News.

Muhammad said she overheard Booth in May last year talking to another teacher about the book she was then writing.

“After I read her story, I immediately decided that I wanted to volunteer to donate one of my kidneys,” Muhammad told the Detroit Free Press. “If that was my child, I would want someone to do the same. It was a no-brainer.”

Henry Ford surgeon Dr Jason Denny transplanted the kidney into Booth. “I’ve had a lot of combinations, but I don’t know about student-teacher,” the doctor said. “We’ve had ex-wives, and bosses and their employees.”

Booth, who is set to graduate on 8 June, said she planned to attend Oakland University and wanted to be a nurse.

“We expect nothing but grand and glorious things for you,” West Side Academy’s principal, Andrea Ayler, told Booth.


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  • dirtychai

    Wow, talk about love in action! I wish them both much success in the future.

  • Rizzo

    both young ladies are indeed blessed.

  • [email protected]

    This is a very sweet story. One of the greatest acts of love is for one person to give an organ to another human being as a product of sincerity. The teacher Nadirah Muhammad not only outlines the compassion of black people (and people like Sister Nadirah refute the false narrative of black people collectively lacking concern for others). It validates further the necessity of us to use altruism in changing the world. A’Ja Booth’s world is definitely changed for the better by receiving a kidney from her teacher. She wants to be a nurse and when she will be a nurse, it just outlines the great value of legitimate medical care.

    Bless both Sisters.

  • A sweet and beautiful story and these two beautiful ladies looks like they are sisters! A good and positive story

  • Tony