Aaron Rodgers surprises Madison kidney donor on "Ellen"

Teacher donating kidney to student
Posted at 9:29 PM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 22:29:28-04

A Madison teacher who is donating her kidney to her 4-year-old student received the surprise of her life in national TV Monday.

Beth Battista is scheduled to donate a kidney to Lyla Carreyn in February. Lyla suffered kidney failure and was in desperate need of a transplant when her teacher stepped in after finding out she was a match.

Lyla's mother, Dena, wrote a letter to Ellen DeGeneres, and was able to schedule an appearance on Monday's show.

But Dena received an extra surprise when Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared in a pre-taped video on the show.

"Beth, what can I say, I was so moved when I heard your story and the incredible act of selflessness you're doing for Lyla," Rodgers said. "It's an amazing thing that you get to spend some time with my friend Ellen and get your story out there."

Rodgers invited Beth to Green Bay to watch a Packers game.

"We'll take good care of you, get you on the sidelines, say hello, and enjoy a great Packer win," Rodgers said. "Hoping the best for you and can't wait to see you at Lambeau."