Another perfect example of the lengths some will go to save a life…
A Milton, Wisconsin police officer is making headlines following her selfless decision to donate one of her kidney’s to a little boy she never met after reading a post from the child’s mother on social media.
The heartwarming story reportedly began back in December of 2016 as Milton police deputy Lindsey Bittorf read a post from the mother of 8-year-old Jackson Arneson on Facebook explaining that his kidney function was decreasing and that he would soon be placed on a transplant list.
“Jackson went in for a routine kidney appointment the end of November… At this appointment, his labs showed his kidney function is still decreasing and the doctors are in talks of activating him on the deceased donor list for a kidney transplant.” Goll wrote.
After reading the post, Bittorf, a mother herself felt compelled to help the young boy and reacted out to Jackson’s mother Kristi Goll.
Speaking to media in regards to her decision, Bittorf stated that “Maybe this is just weird and odd but as soon as I saw her post, I just knew. It’s me…”
Goll then requested if any of her friends or followers would be willing to get tested to see if they met the O+ blood type requirement for a living donor, as doctors said it would be a better match for Jackson than a deceased donor. The post was shared more than 1,500 times and caught the attention of Bittorf, who had never met the family before.
Bittorf was one of more than 50 who volunteered at the UW Health Transplant Program to have their blood tested. Earlier this month, she stopped by the family’s home to deliver the good news with a plaque she had made for Jackson.
“Jackson, I took an oath to serve and protect my community. My kidney will now be able to serve and protect you! I am your kidney donor,” the plaque said.
The transplant is scheduled for late June, and Bittorf said she’s thrilled to be able to give Jackson’s parents peace of mind.
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