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A BlockBuster Christmas
1. We are well into the Christmas season and I hope you are enjoying the season, the celebrations, and I hope you have been able to see some of the wonderful movies we have used as catalyst this year in our teaching series.
2. In the clip today there are some powerful words: "it's not a question of faith, it's just a matter of common sense."
"Faith is believing even when common sense tells you not to."
"Kindness, joy, love and all the other intangibles are what is really important about life."
"In this realistic world you will find they are attractive but not worth very much." "Those intangibles are the only things that are worth anything."
3. CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Dec. 17) - Doctors planning to transplant a teacher's kidney into one of her students postponed the surgery today because the eighth-grader developed a fever.
Michael Carter, 14, began running a fever Thursday and was put on antibiotics, UNC Hospitals spokeswoman Karen Stinneford said. The antibiotics meant he couldn't take immune suppressant drugs that transplant recipients get to assure their bodies won't reject a new organ.
''If he is battling an infection at the same time he is taking immune suppressants, he could get really sick,'' Mrs. Stinneford said.
Doctors hadn't determined what caused the infection and didn't know how long it would be before the surgery could be conducted.
''We want Michael to be in tiptop shape,'' Mrs. Stinneford said. ''It could be days, it could be weeks.''
A good thing about having a live kidney donor is that Ms. Smith still can donate the organ later. If the kidney came from a dead donor, Mrs. Stinneford said, Michael ''would have just missed his window of opportunity.''
Ms. Smith is Michael's eighth-grade science teacher and offered a kidney earlier this year when he told her he needed one. Michael has been undergoing dialysi ...
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