Police officers risk their life every day to protect the community, but one cop from Rock County, Wisconsin is going above and beyond to fulfill her oath.
Officer Lindsey Bittorf was off-duty when she stumbled upon the most important case of her life. While browsing Facebook she came across an online plea from a young mother whose 8-year-old boy was going to die if he didn't get a new kidney. Bittorf had never met the family or heard of them before.
Kristi Goll, the mother, had exhausted every option for her son Jackson Arneson. No family or friends were matches for the young boy, and with no where else to turn she went to the internet.
“I always knew these days would come, it’s just so hard when they are here. 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,” Goll wrote on Facebook.
Bittorf didn't hesitate.
She went out and got tested to see if she was a match for the young boy. It's not as simple as being a match for blood type either. An organ donor must be in good health, and share numerous other biological features like antigens with the donor recipient.
"I'm set in my ways, so if I set my mind to something, there's really no talking me out of it. I was doing it," Bittorf told ABC News.
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