Kidney connection: A new chance of life from 8-year-old boy

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LONGVIEW, Wash. – After 8-year-old Noah Waite-Brown died in a car crash along with his father last month, his family decided to donate his organs.

His heart is now beating in a 3-year-old boy. His liver gave life to a 1-year-old. Part of his eyes now give other kids the chance to see.

And one of Noah’s kidneys didn’t go far.

As it turned out, Tammie Mattison, who works at Noah’s school, Columbia Heights Elementary School in Longview, was the recipient of the little boy’s kidney – a gift that overwhelms her.

“He’s my hero,” she says simply.

Mattison, who works in the school’s nurse’s office, was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease and had been going through dialysis for nearly four years.

She was in desperate need of a kidney transplant. While she saw Noah every day at school, she had no idea he would end up saving her life.

Undergoing dialysis 20 hours a week, the 48-year-old thought Noah’s kidney was a chance at a new life. Mattison has a daughter and granddaughter of her own.

“You know what, I told her I would be very honored,” Mattison says.

Noah’s grandmother who raised the little boy said she’s glad her grandson gets to be someone’s superhero – something he always wanted to be.

“Even though I miss my little Noah so much, it’s wonderful that she can now be here for her family and for her grandbabies,” Johnson says.

Mattison says she thankful for her life-saving gift every day.

“I will see (him) one day and I’ll give him a big hug and say I will always remember your name,” she says. “And you gave me the greatest gift of all.”