Local woman is a kidney match for 8-year-old boy

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) -- According to UW Health, there are nearly 2,200 people in Wisconsin waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. More than half of those people are waiting for a kidney.

Earlier this year, we told you about an eight-year-old boy who needed a kidney transplant and a local woman is a match.

8-year-old Jackson Arneson has known his whole life, he would need a kidney transplant. His mom Kristi Goll says it's a parents worst nightmare, knowing your child is sick and knowing you can't do anything about it but wait.

"It was probably the worst time, not knowing,” said Goll.

Krisiti has been using the power of social media spreading awareness of living organ donation.

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

That post, came across Lindsey Bittorf’s facebook page after her friends shared the post.

“Maybe this is just weird and odd but as soon as I saw her post, I just knew. It’s me,” said Bittorf.

Lindsey got tested and she didn’t have to but she decided to donate her kidney to Jackson. She was a match and the two mom’s met for the first time.

Some say it may be her job, that prompted her to help save Jackson's life. Lindsey is also known as Officer Lindsey Bittorf with the Town of Milton Police Department. Bittorf says being a mom, made her want to do this.

“It’s the best feeling being able to give a parent the ‘okay’ that your kid is going to be healthy. You don't have to worry anymore about your son,” said Bittorf.

Officer Bittorf is going beyond her job description of protecting and serving. Giving a little boy the precious gift of life.

“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,” said Jackson Arneson.

“She’s so many people’s heros, just being in the line of duty. It’s crazy because she’s like the biggest hero in our life too.”

The kidney transplant is scheduled for this summer.

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