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Wisconsin Police Officer Donates Kidney to Boy She Never Met

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Officer Lindsey Bittorf and Jackson Goll (American Family Children's Hospital)

By    |   Friday, 06 October 2017 02:44 PM

A Wisconsin police officer who donated her kidney to a boy she had never met before has become his hero, People magazine reported.

It all began early this year, when Officer Lindsey Bittorf of Rock County responded to a family’s plea to help save their young son.

Desperate to find a kidney donor for her nine-year-old son Jackson, Kristi Goll took to Facebook in 2016.

“I always knew these days would come, it's just so hard when they are here,” she wrote in the post.

“I have reached out before, I am just trying again to see if we can find anyone out there that would be interested in being tested.”

Bittorf responded and after weeks of testing was found to be a match for Jackson Arneson, who was born with posterior urethral valves and suffered kidney damage.

In the weeks leading up to the surgery, which took place at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in June, Bittorf spent a great deal of time getting know Arneson and the rest of his family.

“We clicked so well and she and Jackson have a really neat bond,” Goll told People.

“Before the surgery, I felt like it was Jackson and my best friend going in and doing this together.”

The operation was a success and, recounting the moment she was wheeled into Arenson’s room the next day, Bittorf described how they both clutched their matching kidney pillows and cried.

“He is so strong and brave and I am just in awe of him,” she said, per People.

“He calls me his best friend now. It’s amazing that we went from being complete strangers to best friends.”

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