Years from now, when an Iowa school teacher and the father of Camden Peterson watch him graduate, they’ll have a bond that transcends beyond the typical parent-teacher relationship. That’s because his dad will be alive to see that day, thanks to her selfless gift.
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In January, Darreld Petersen found himself in the emergency room, only to discover he was having kidney failure. Doctors told him that one of his kidneys was functioning at only 20 percent capacity and immediately put him on dialysis.
His son, 4-year-old Camden, was so distressed by his dad’s situation, that he told his kindergarten teacher, 54-year-old Nancy Bleuer. Nancy was touched by his plight and she decided to take the remarkable step of getting tested as a donor.
Fortunately, she and Camden’s dad found out they were a match, and she scheduled a transplant at University of Iowa Hospital.
Petersen couldn’t believe it. He was overwhelmed by her selfless offer, calling it “amazing.”He knew more than anyone how many names were added to the organ waiting lists every day, and here he was, getting one from his child’s teacher.
“I wish there were more people like her,”he said, adding Bleuer is, “giving me a second chance at life.”
For her part, Bleuer said she was “excited”and “ecstatic”about the entire process. “I don’t know what I would’ve done for closure if I wasn’t (a match),” she said.
And it was all thanks to the caring response of a teacher, to a little 4-year-old boy, who was worried about his dad.
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