Chicago school administrator donates kidney to young boy diagnosed with Wilm’s tumor

Ann Chiumino donated her kidney to 11-year-old Gavin Sexton, saying she hoped someone would do the same for her daughters.
1:36 | 05/15/21

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Transcript for Chicago school administrator donates kidney to young boy diagnosed with Wilm’s tumor
Finally tonight, a perfect match. The school administrator with an extraordinary gift. Reporter: Gavin sexton was just 3 years old when he was diagnosed with Wilm's tumor, a type of kidney cancer. One kidney was removed, and after five years of chemo and radiation, the other failed. It was pretty tough. I didn't feel well. Reporter: The 11-year-old needed a transplant. With neither parent a match, his family sent out this desperate plea in a letter to loved ones. "We need your help. In fact, this might be the biggest ask of our lives -- Gavin needs a kidney." That message forwarded to Ann chiumino, an administrator at Gavin's school in Chicago. Although she didn't know Gavin, Ann was inspired to act. I just thought if this were one of my daughters, I would want somebody to come forward and see if they're a match. Reporter: Turns out, she was a match. The transplant surgery in February provided immediate results. When I heard that he didn't need the dialysis, that was an amazing moment for me. Knowing that he didn't have to go through that every day made me really, really happy. Reporter: Today, thanks to a life-saving gift from a total stranger, Gavin is thriving. I have a lot more energy and I can actually do other stuff. Go to school with my friends and do some afterschool activities. Reporter: And the sixth grader sharing this message -- Keep your head up. What a warrior. Thanks for watching. I'm whit Johnson in New York. Have a great night.

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