A math teacher has adopted one of his students so that he can get a kidney transplant.
Damien, 13, has been in and out of foster care all his life and has been fighting kidney failure since he was eight years old.
But his concern has proved too much for many of his caregivers, and every time he rotates out of a house, he loses his place on the waiting list for a kidney because transplant patients must have a stable home.
Without the hope that a kidney would arrive and his condition would be so severe, Damien would have to move to the hospital for full-time dialysis while waiting for something else.
When his maths teacher, Finn Lanning, heard that Damien, a smart boy he barely got to know, would be leaving school because of factors he could not control, he offered to step in.
Now he has adopted Damien, who has settled in place, and Damien is at the top of the waiting list for a kidney – while the community is trying to come together with a GoFundMe to help Lanning afford a new teenage son.
When mathematics teacher Finn Lanning (left) heard that Damien (right), a clever seventh-grader in his class for a semester, would leave school due to factors beyond his control, he offered to step in
Damien is now on the transplant list again and he is going to live with Finn
& # 39; Damien has learned to be very independent and tends to keep his difficulties to himself, but he told me a few days before returning to the hospital about his circumstances & # 39 ;, Lanning wrote in the GoFundMe.
& # 39; Because I couldn't keep his challenges in mind, I started the personal journey to consider taking care of him. & # 39;
Damien's life has been hard.
In September things looked up: he lived with a family member in Aurora, Colorado, and was able to take classes at the AXL Academy, where he was in Finn Lanning's mathematics class.
Damien was quiet but very clear and diligent.
So Lanning was astonished when this impressive new student came to him at the end of the semester to say he would not be coming back.
He explained that the family member he lived with had returned him to provincial care, which automatically killed him from the list for a transplant.
Due to the severity of his condition, he would have to undergo dialysis 12 hours a day to live in the hospital.
In September things looked up: he lived with a family member in Aurora, Colorado, and was able to take classes at the AXL Academy, where he was in Finn Lanning's mathematics class. Damien was quiet but very clear and diligent
In December, Lanning began training care for a child with severe renal insufficiency, who had to work for hours on a dialysis machine at home, and a strict restricted diet
Lanning investigated how adoption could work.
In December he started training in caring for a child with severe renal insufficiency who needs a dialysis machine for hours at home and a strict restricted diet.
They were ready by March.
Damien and Lanning have been together for three months now, cooking a lot and getting excited about Damien's life once he has a new kidney.
& # 39; I want a hot and spicy chicken sandwich from McDonald & # 39; s with extra mayonnaise, & # 39; Damien said CNN.
For now, groceries are more expensive, partly due to the nature of Damien's diet, to around $ 200 a week, Lanning told CNN.
- To donate to Damien and Lanning, visit them GoFundMe
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