Lindsey Bittorf, a Wisconsin police officer, is donating her kidney in June to a local boy.
Bittorf saw a post about Jackson Arneson’s situation on Facebook that was posted by his mom, and she was motivated to help.
The young boy’s kidney function was still decreasing when he went in for a routine kidney appointment at the end of November, according to data that was received from the labs.
The doctors were talking about activating him on the deceased donor list for a kidney transplant because of the severity of his condition, but a kidney from a living donor would have a much higher chance of success.
The mom requested that friends and followers should please get tested to see if they were O+, which was the requirement they needed for a donor.
Bittorf got tested, even though she never met the family before, and stopped by the family’s house to deliver the good news.
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. Goll took to Facebook to share the good news.
“After months of searching for a kidney donor for Jackson, I can say, ‘the search is over!!’ I can’t even put into words how amazing of a gift we are receiving from this amazing person,” Goll wrote in a May 2 post on Facebook. “She surprised us after work today and I still feel in shock. Jackson is so excited and says, ‘I think my new kidney will make me run faster!’ Today you became our hero.”
The transplant is scheduled for late June, and Bittorf said she’s thrilled to be able to give Jackson’s parents peace of mind. “It’s the best feeling being able to give a parent the ‘OK’ that your kid is going to be healthy,” she told NBC 15. “You don’t have to worry anymore about your son.”