A police officer in Rock County, Wisconsin, is going above and beyond “protect and serve” by donating her kidney to an 8-year-old boy. Officer Lindsey Bittorf was browsing Facebook in early December when she came across a post by a Wisconsin mother who had made a public plea for potential kidney donors for her son Jackson. Bittorf didn’t know the family, but she was moved by the mother’s post. Jackson was born with a kidney condition called Posterior Urethral Valves, and his family always knew that one day he would need a transplant.
For a successful kidney transplant, the donor must be in good health, their blood type must be compatible with the recipient and both people involved need to match a certain number of antigens. After seeing Jackson’s mom’s Facebook post, Officer Bittorf got tested to see if she was a match, which she is.