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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – English teacher Karen Tucker needs a new kidney to treat her polycystic disease and her colleague Alexi Brock will do anything she can to help her.

Brock is currently helping to publicize Tucker's need using Facebook and word-of-mouth.

"I'm in need of only one kidney," said Tucker. "If someone were so generous as to offer to be tested, and there was a match, I would surely accompany them in my life."

Brock, a New Rochelle High School art teacher, was one of several district employees who responded to a mass email Tucker sent out looking for help. Brock, who had witnessed a cousin take part in a transplant, said she wanted to help in any way she could. After testing, she found out she was a match with Tucker's type B and donated her organ. Tucker can also receive a type O or Type AB.

“She’s a mom of two children,” Brock said of Tucker. “She wants to be as healthy as she can be."

However, the transplant was not a success. The English teacher at the Campus School told her co-workers she was one of only four percent of people to undergo a kidney transplant at Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan only to have the operation fail.

Tucker’s new organ functioned normally after the 5 p.m. surgery. However her body began rejecting it four hours later. This led to a long night of surgery as doctors flushed out the bad kidney and then replaced it. Brock's kidney gave way a second time by morning and the organ was taken out.

Tucker's name is currently on the national organ waitlist, though the wait is two to four years.

If another donor is not found for Tucker, she will begin Dialysis in three months.

“I’m helping her anyway I can,” said Brock.

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