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.
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.