In the 21st century, it is very difficult to find people who help you out in life. When people don't expect any help from family, a life-saving help from a complete stranger makes us believe in humanity again.
Jackson Arneson, who was 8 years old at the time, was born with a condition called posterior urethral valves, meaning that his kidneys would slowly lose function until they stopped working altogether. In February 2017, he was given a grim prognosis: if he couldn't find a replacement kidney with O positive blood and plenty of matching antigens, then he most likely would not survive the year.
All of Jackson's available family members got tested to see if they were a match but to no avail. Goll then made a Facebook post asking strangers to get tested,
A year and a half back, Kristi Goll posted an emotional plea to Facebook asking strangers to get themselves tested and see if they could be an organ donor for her son. The message was shared thousands of times.
One month after publishing the post, they still couldn’t find a match. Then, it was finally seen by Lindsey Bittorf of the Milton Police Department.
After seeing the post, she spent an entire day at the hospital getting psychologically and physically tested to see if she could be a match for Jackson.
"If roles were reversed and it was my kid, I would move hell and earth for my kid, too," Bittorf told CNN. Despite the odds being pretty low, doctors were surprised to find that Bittorf was an ideal match.
The cop decided to surprise the family. She collaborated with Jackson's grandparents to orchestrate the time and place, and then she showed up on the family's doorstep with two wrapped presents containing framed pictures declaring she was Jackson's kidney donor.
Goll was initially surprised to see a police officer standing at her door – but she was even more stunned when she opened the gift and saw what was inside.
"I took an oath to serve and protect my community and now my kidney will serve and protect you," Bittorf told Jackson. Bittorf and Jackson underwent the four-hour surgery back in June 2017. the boy is healthy now and they are good friends.
"I've told her so many times," Goll told a news channel of her gratitude towards Bittorf. "I don’t even know how you thank somebody for doing that for you. You know, I mean as something that's so priceless."
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