Oakfield Elementary School teacher Jodi Schmidt loved seeing the bright smile and lively demeanor of eight-year-old Natasha Fuller as she hopped down the school corridor. Mrs. Schmidt, a mother of three, did not realize that despite the positive and kind behavior of the little girl, Natasha’s health was rapidly deteriorating.
Natasha was born with plum belly syndrome, a condition that causes urinary tract disease and eventually requires a new kidney. Natasha went to the hospital three times a week for dialysis, but she suffered from kidney failure and was in dire need of a kidney.
Natasha has been living with her grandparents, Chris and Mark Burleton, in Wisconsin for two years so that she can receive specialized care at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
She consulted with her husband and children, then secretly tested to see if she matched Natasha. Mrs. Schmidt decides to approach Natasha and her grandmother at school about what she has learned.
Ms. Schmidt invited them to her class and her news was captured in the video below. When Mrs. Schmidt slipped into a hot pink gift box with a neon green bow in front of Chris, Grandma was surprised.