Alex Fabbro

KNX Hero of the Week
Thursday, May 9th
A teacher in El Monte becomes a real-life superhero after donating a kidney to a fellow co-worker. 

Here's the KNX Hero of the Week: 

When a letter was sent to staff members at Rio Vista Elementary school last September asking if anyone would be interested in donating a kidney for a fellow teacher, Alex Fabbro knew it was her time to step up for her colleague. 

So, Alex began taking the steps to become a live donor. The person in need was Shirley Chan who, like Alex, is a special needs teacher at Rio Vista. She's been dealing with Lupus for more than half of her life, and has been on the donor list for four years.  Shirley was recently forced to go on daily dialysis when the disease started compromising her kidneys. Alex tells me it wasn't easy for Shirley: 

​"Our job as special educators in the autism wing is pretty exhausting," says Alex.  "After teaching all day, she'd have to go home and then do dialysis."

So Alex started her journey, filling out the paperwork and going through screenings to be a live donor. 

Shirley tells me she was humbled by Alex's decision. "Not everyone can donate part of themselves to another person. It's very humbling. Just amazing."

It was a risk because there are a lot of variables that go into organ donation and often times people don't qualify, or simply aren't compatible.  

But, in a miraculous twist of fate - Alex and her friend Shirley were a perfect match! 

​"I couldn't believe it!" says Alex. 

The two underwent surgeries in mid-April.  The transplant was successful, and both women now are on a healthy road to recovery. 

Shirley says she is simply overjoyed by Alex's incredible gift. 

"I am so touched by her kindness." 

We are proud to name Alex Fabbro as the KNX Hero of the Week! KNX Heroes presented by California Resources Corporation... saluting our military veterans, and all of our heroes!  

Heather Jordan, KNX 1070 News Radio.