Preschool Teacher Gives Incredible Gift To Young Family
Cailyn Finkel 3/21/2018
As a preschool teacher, Nancy Bleuer is used to making sure the people around her are taken care of and looked after. So when Nancy noticed one of her students, 4-year-old Camden Petersen, acting oddly during class, she decided to investigate.
The usually gregarious little one revealed that his father was going through something unthinkable - and Nancy knew she had to help...
The little one revealed that his father, Darreld, was diagnosed with kidney failure and was on dialysis. Darreld described how he received his devastating diagnosis to ABC News.
"It wasn't until I ended up going to the ER and my doctor, the next day during a follow-up... She noticed that my hemoglobin count was extremely low. They did a biopsy that showed 20 percent [kidney] function."
The thought of saying goodbye to his father was too much for Camden to handle and he withdrew into himself. Thankfully, Nancy recognized this almost immediately and, once she discovered the reason behind Camden's sullen behavior, her mind started to race.
Instead of offering to look after Camden during treatment and doctors appointments, Nancy opted for something much more heartfelt. She immediately drove to her doctor's office and was tested to see if she was a match for Darreld's kidney.
By the grace of God, doctors informed her that she was an ideal match. Nancy told ABC News how thrilled she was when she got the good news.
"I was really excited about it. I was ecstatic. I don't know what I would've done for closure if I wasn't [a match]."
After Nancy told Darreld about the match, he showed up at her home with a dozen roses and gave her a giant bear hug. Darreld told ABC News that he understands just how lucky he is that Nancy stepped up to help!
"It's just amazing. There are people waiting every day for a kidney, for an organ in general. I wish there were more people like her. She's giving me a second chance at life."
Fortunately, the transplant was a success and Darreld is on the mend. Without Nancy's kidney, there's a very good chance Darreld would've passed away long before another donor was approved.