Selfless teacher gives kidney to save his pupil

Echo: Thank you – teacher Ray Coe gets a hug from Alya Sheikh Thank you – teacher Ray Coe gets a hug from Alya Sheikh

A TEACHER has been hailed a lifesaver after donating a kidney to one of his pupils.

Selfless Ray Coe, 53, of Kingsmere, Thundersley, stepped in to save Alya Ahmed, 13, after learning she was desperate for a donor.

Mr Coe, who used to work at the Deanes School in Thundersley, went in for the successful transplant at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital in February.

Alya, from Stratford, suffers from a condition called hydrocephalus, which causes water on the brain and has left her with severe learning difficulties. She has also suffered renal failure.

Mr Coe, now a special educational needs co-ordinator at Royal Docks Community School in London, decided to do it after being told by Ayla’s mum that she would have to be absent from school to undergo kidney dialysis.

Mr Coe, who was a teacher at the Deanes for five years, said: “I just asked her if there was anything I could do to help – and she said could I give her the name of a donor.

“Something inside me just clicked and I said ‘what about me’. It just felt right.”

Against all the odds, blood tests showed they were a match.

They are both now recovering from the operation and hope to return to school after Easter.

Mr Coe added: “I don’t feel like a hero. It’s the NHS staff who helped us who are the heroic ones.

“Until people started saying to me how amazing it was it, it just seemed like a normal thing anyone would do.

“The family were overjoyed and so appreciative. The good news is Alya is so much better now.”

Alya’s father, Ahmed Ali, praised Mr Coe, saying: “He has given her more than just the gift of life. He’s an amazing man – we owe him so much.”

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8:51am Tue 8 Apr 14

bob7 says...

This man is amazing!!!
This man is amazing!!! bob7
  • Score: 22

9:28am Tue 8 Apr 14

SLord90 says...

Absolutely the most down to Earth genuine guy i had ever met, aswell as a great teacher. People should follow in his footsteps. Fantastic Man.
Absolutely the most down to Earth genuine guy i had ever met, aswell as a great teacher. People should follow in his footsteps. Fantastic Man. SLord90
  • Score: 16

9:39am Tue 8 Apr 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Boss!
Boss! InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 13

1:45pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Janefromsouthend says...

What a nice man :)
What a nice man :) Janefromsouthend
  • Score: 11

1:53pm Tue 8 Apr 14

MilesBond says...

Very humbling.
Very humbling. MilesBond
  • Score: 11

4:32pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Mikeyb0i says...

One word: Star!
One word: Star! Mikeyb0i
  • Score: 9

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