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Art teacher returns home after PIX11 viewer donates kidney

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(PIX11) -- Torrey Green has a new life.

“I feel incredible,” he told me. “I feel young again. I feel energetic. I feel happy, motivated. I feel inspired.”

The middle school art teacher came to New York last fall to get tests for a desperately needed kidney transplant. He’d been on dialysis for almost 7 years.  He’d had several donors pull out.  But after we did a story on his plight, one of our viewers in New Jersey, Sara Toffoli, stepped up.

"I can't put it into words. There's just something about him that I was drawn to email you."  That’s how Sara put it to me.  And she turned out to be a great match.

Since the transplant in early July, Torrey has gotten stronger every day. He spent time walking along the East River, stopping at favorite cafes and hitting the gym in the hotel where he was staying.  The dad of one of his students paid for the hotel. Other parents and students raised money to cover his stay. And an old high school friend helped nurse him back.

Sara and her husband Greg took Torrey out to dinner and to see one of Broadway’s hottest shows, The Book of Mormon.  She’s thankful she had the opportunity to save a life.

A few days ago, Torrey flew back home.  He had dinner at the home of the parents of several of his students.

“I have life again. I’m not a zombie anymore," he told his hosts at the dinner table. And a few days after that, he was back where he belongs -- in his art class.  He served cupcakes that Sara had sent as a "back to school gift" for his kids.

Torrey Green has a new life all right, thanks to a PIX11 viewer.  He’s grateful and so are we.

If you would like information on saving a life, send me an email to Howardshelpers@PIX11.com