CNM teacher donating kidney to student


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It all started with a homework assignment. Now a Central New Mexico Community College instructor is about to give a student the ultimate gift, a kidney.

“I kind of got that feeling right away like this is something I’m supposed to help with,” Jennifer Adams said.

Adams said she had her English students write personal essays and share them with the class just before Thanksgiving.

One in particular stuck out.

“After I heard the essay, of course, it was emotional hearing about somebody’s hardships like that,” she said.

The author, Melinda Hernandez, wrote about the day she learned she was close to death.

After feeling sick for about six months, Hernandez said she finally went to the ER in 2010 and found out her kidneys had failed.

She has been on dialysis since then, waiting for a kidney donor and fighting to stay alive, if nothing else, for her 7-year-old daughter.

“She was a genuine, honest, caring person,” Adams said of her student. “She was a mother, and I’m a mother.”

Adams told Hernandez she wanted to find out if she was a match to donate her kidney.

Then, the course ended.

The two didn’t speak until just a few months ago after Adams learned she is a match.

She is scheduled for surgery next week.

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