Essex Tech Superintendent Donates Kidney To Employee, Masonry Teacher

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DANVERS, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Superintendent of Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School in Danvers Heidi Riccio went above and beyond for her employee, who was in desperate need of a new kidney before she stepped up with a life-saving donation.

David Collins, a masonry and tile setting teacher at Essex Tech, needed dialysis for his degenerative kidney condition several days a week before the transplant. Afterwards, Collins tells WBZ's Suzanne Sausville he feels like a million bucks, and it's all thanks to Riccio, who ended up being a perfect match.

"I loved her before, but I love her even more now," Collins said, "it blew my mind— we knew she was testing but Shelby and I both never thought that it'd be her."

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Shelby is Collins' daughter and the Executive Assistant to Riccio. She says the news left her speechless.

"I crumbled, she physically had to pick me up from the floor because I just could not control my emotion. It was just the most unbelievable moment," Shelby said.

Shelby Collins (right), Heidi Riccio (center), and David Collins (right).Photo: Suzanne Sausville / WBZ NewsRadio

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Riccio says she had her left kidney removed, and that she's just glad that she was a match for the surgery.

"I thought it was cool to help someone out in a different way, other than making sure the budget was ready for distribution. If you're healthy and you can do it, you can still live a full life. You're not missing anything, you're actually giving to somebody an extended life," Riccio said.

WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports.

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