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A fourth-grade teacher, a donor and ‘an angel on earth’ By MITCH STACY, Associated Press REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Eva Evans is 10 years old and desperately needs a new kidney to live a normal life. Mrs. Thomas, a smiling fourth-grade teacher at Eva’s school, wants to give her one. They barely knew each other before. Eva was in a different fourth-grade room down the hall. Tanya Thomas, 48, had spent half her life in the classroom, most of the time right there at Slate Ridge Elementary in the Columbus suburb of Reynoldsburg. After the usually vivacious Eva started missing school last fall, word got around that she’d been sick for months and probably would need a kidney transplant. A plea for a donor went out on Facebook after no one in her family was viable. Thomas jumped in without hesitation, and an arduous, months-long screening process determined she was a perfect match. The surgery will happen sometime late summer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Giving a part of herself to a random kid at her school turned out to be one of the easiest choices Thomas has ever made. At her church she’d just seen donors step forward to help two people in need of kidney transplants, and she wondered if that was a path also meant for her. “I never really even doubted,” said Thomas, who is married to a teacher and has two children in college and one in high school. “I just felt like that door had been opened, and I was supposed to walk through it.” After Thomas was approved as a donor, Eva’s mom, Alana Brown, and Thomas staged a “reveal” in April at which donor and recipient exchanged hugs, cards and flowers. Later, Thomas was invited over for a tea party. And before long, they will be linked for the rest of their lives. “She’s family,” Eva said. Doctors don’t know exactly why both of Eva’s kidneys failed so early in her life. They’re calling it a “spontaneous genetic mutation.” (Just like the “X-Men,” her mom tells her.) Eva has had an extraordinarily difficult year. She went from being a normal kid early in 2017 to feeling sick and having dialysis 10 hours a day to stay alive. Her 38-year-old single mom, a digital and social-media specialist, hasn’t been able to work because Eva requires constant care. They live with Brown’s mother, and any extra money is long gone. Brown said she didn’t know a teacher at the school was the donor until Thomas was well into the screening process. She still can’t believe that someone who wasn’t even Eva’s classroom teacher would be so selfless. “She is an angel on earth,” Brown said. “I think it’s the kind of thing you think about but that you don’t actually end up doing,” said Micca Conley, the principal at Slate Ridge. “We talk about how we’re family here and how we’re moms first before we’re teachers. She took that to the next step, that’s for sure.” Eva plans to make a YouTube video chronicling her journey that can help comfort other children going through the process and encourage other people to donate. “I’m going to have teacher DNA in me,” Eva told her mom. “I’m going to have to be a teacher someday, and a good one.” ___ Follow Mitch Stacy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mitchstacy

x By MITCH STACY, Associated Press REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Eva Evans is 10 years old and desperately needs a new kidney to live a normal life. Mrs. Thomas, a smiling fourth-grade teacher at Eva's school, wants to give her one. They barely knew each other before. Eva was in a different ...

2 Ohio inmates recaptured after correctional center escape

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two inmates were recaptured less than a day after they fled an Ohio correctional facility. The Warren County Sheriff's Office says the inmates escaped from the Community Correctional Center in Warren County in southwestern Ohio about 8:30 p.m. Saturday ...

Child service testimony opposed in death of 4-year-old girl

EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors oppose allowing children service workers to testify in the case of an Ohio woman and her boyfriend charged in the death of the woman's 4-year-old daughter. A medical examiner says Aniya Day-Garrett died in March in Euclid (YOO'-klihd) from a stroke caused by ...

Suspect dies in struggle with bystanders who chased him down

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a suspected robber has died after a struggle with a group of bystanders who witnessed the robbery and chased him down. Investigators say the bystanders pursued the man Sunday after seeing him rob a woman at a Columbus gas station. Police and medics ...

Man walking home from train station followed by pig

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Police in a Cleveland suburb thought they had a drunk on their hands when a man called to report a pig following him home from a train station. A North Ridgeville, Ohio, officer arrived on the scene early Saturday to find the man was very sober and a pig was in ...

Top Ohio wines are recognized by state agriculture director

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio agriculture director has honored the state's top wines as evaluated by a panel of judges in an annual event. Agriculture Director David Daniels announced the Director's Choice recipients last week at a Statehouse event for retailers, distributors, ...

Ohio killer says he can’t afford shoes thanks to court costs

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Court-ordered costs owed by a death row inmate who killed his girlfriend and her 83-year-old father are keeping the prisoner so poor he can't afford basics like shoes or boots, civil rights lawyers say. While condemned prisoner ...

Ohio Senate OKs bill to stop suspensions of young students

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate has unanimously approved a bill preventing schools from imposing out-of-school suspensions to young students who have committed minor infractions. The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio elementary schools have handed out 35,000 suspensions in each of the ...

Columbus police shoot, kill man during SWAT stand-off

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus police say SWAT officers fatally shot a man after he made a "threatening gesture" with a handgun during a stand-off. Police say the shooting happened early Sunday morning in a neighborhood on the west side near the state capital's downtown. Police say they ...

Ohio jury recommends death penalty for killer of 2 women

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — A jury has recommended that a man convicted of strangling to death two women in Ohio receive the death penalty. The Ashland Times-Gazette reports the jury in northeast Ohio's Ashland County deliberated for less than two hours Friday before concluding that 41-year-old ...