A police officer in Rock County is going out of her way to donate a kidney to a little boy she’d just met. Milton Township police officer Lindsey Bittorf was going through Facebook in early December when she saw a post from a Janesville mother who’d made a public appeal for potential donors. Kristi Goll turned to social media after years of testing determined that friends and family weren’t a match for her boy, 8-year-old Jackson Arneson, who was born with a condition called Posterior Urethral Valves. Bittorf doesn’t know the family but was among the thousands to read the mother’s plea. She was compelled to get tested.

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She passed the initial health test. She and Jackson both had blood type O+. She was within the age range and in general good health. Bittorf and Jackson matched three antigens, more than enough to proceed with a transplant. Bittorf surprised Jackson and his family with the good news at their home last week. Transplant surgery is scheduled for June 22.

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