When a police officer from Janesville, Wisconsin met a sick little boy, she decided to do what she could to serve him. But her offer has gone above and beyond the call of duty because she has offered to give the little child her kidney.
Milton Township police officer Lindsey Bittorf is the talk of the United States right now. Her offer demonstrates that police officers are willing to sacrifice themselves – and parts of their bodies – to help the people within their community. Although Bittorf just met the sick boy recently, she was eager to do what she could to help him live a brighter future. And because of her generosity and community spirit, the 8-year-old child will have a much better chance to do that…
Bittorf heard about the sick boy, Jackson Arneson after his mother, Kristi Goll turned to social media to ask for help. Although she begged her family and friends to help for the last few years – no one ever came forward to offer their kidney to rescue her boy’s life.
The child was born with the condition known as Posterior Urethral Valves, which affects the function of his kidneys.
His father, Gregg, wanted to donate his kidney, but doctors refused to let him. Gregg had a minor heart condition.
“Virtually, his kidney function has always been below 30 percent,” Goll explained of her son’s condition.
Bittorf did not know Jackson or his family, but she wanted to help. So, she offered to get tested as a match.
“I’m pretty set in my ways, so if I set my mind to something, there’s really not talking me out of doing this, I was doing it,” Officer Bittorf said.
After passing the health screening, doctors discovered they both shared O+ blood. A few more tests later, Bittorf was okayed to donate her kidney to the little boy.
“And they (doctors) were kind of shocked like for a person who is not related, you are a pretty good match,” said Bittorf. “This seriously like meant to be. Like it’s going to be me.”
In a show of good faith, Bittorf showed up at Jackson’s family home to surprise him with the good news.
“We went to the door and this police officer walks in,” Goll said, recalling the moment she met officer Bittorf. “I ripped a gift open and I saw the word ‘kidney’ and I didn’t even read the rest of it. I just saw ‘kidney’ and I looked over, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s you!'”
Jackson now has a new hero. But Officer Bittorf is just doing her job like any other cop.
“I took an oath to serve and protect our community and now my kidney is going to serve and protect you,” she said.
The kidney transplant surgery is scheduled for June 22. Jackson now has a future beyond this summer.
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