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College student donates kidney to ailing grandpa

(NBC) - One college student gave her kidney to a relative and has the sweatshirt to prove it.

The sweatshirt says, "I'm giving my grandpa a kidney for Christmas... What are you giving yours?"

With no kidneys of his own, Paul Thompson, 59, had a long road ahead on dialysis.

"We never really sat down and said, 'Hey, I am going to give you your kidney - thanks,'" donor Leah Green, 20, said. "It was kind of like, 'Let's just see if God lets this happen.'"

Green first went to her mother, who then approached Leah's grandmother.

The message then got passed along to Thomas, who said Green was not going to take "no" for an answer.

"She is my own personal little angel," Thompson said. "After everybody worked on me for a little while, it's just an amazing thing that she would do this."

Green, who said she was just raised to be a giving person, did hear from her family that donating a kidney is a little different than giving someone a couple dollars or even the sweater off her back.

After Green went through medical testing, doctors gave the procedure the green light.

Even though Green doesn't think so, Thompson knows the gesture was grand, but what is even more amazing it that they were a match, because Thompson is not her biological grandfather.

"Matching on the first test, the first person you test is amazing," Green said.

Now that the procedure is over with, she is frustrated she has to wait a year before she can donate again. It's a policy she smiled and called "extreme."

"This has really helped me to grow up and appreciate life more," Green said.

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