She was his teacher years ago, and now she’s giving him the gift of life

“I had him in student council. Henry was one of those students in elementary that I connected to,” Bye told KUSA.

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Since then, Howard has grown up. At 29 years old, he now has a wife and young son and still remembers when Buy was his teacher.

“She was always just the most gentle, kind-hearted teacher,” Howard recalled.

For the past few years, Howard has been battling kidney disease.

“The last year experience the effects of full-blown kidney disease getting down to 7 percent kidney function,” Howard said.

He desperately needed a kidney, and when Buy found out, she was more than willing to help.

“When I read what his disease was and how his kidney function was so low I was like, ‘I’ll try it.’ I just thought if I’m healthy enough that’s something I can do,” Bye said.

She was tested, and as it turned out, she was a match. They had the surgery, and Howard says his life has never been better.

“She gave me so much and there’s nothing I can say or do to return the amount of life she has given me,” said Howard.

(Update from Henry!)
Dear Friends and Family,
It’s been just a week since I left the hospital and I’m doing great....

Posted by Julie Howard on Monday, September 12, 2016

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