At just 34 years old, one Iowa dad was facing the horrible possibility that his four-year-old son was going to grow up without a dad when doctors broke the news that he was slowly dying.
This past January, Darreld Peterson started dialysis after his doctors found out he had renal kidney failure. “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,” Petersen said. “They did a biopsy that showed 20 percent kidney function.”
When the news spread around four-year-old Camden’s school, his teacher knew she had to see if there was any way she could help and got tested to see if she was a match. When the results came back, Bleuer found out she was a perfect match. “I was really excited about it,” Bleuer said. “I was ecstatic. I don’t know what I would’ve done for closure if I wasn’t a match.”
Bleuer surprised Peterson with the news and are now scheduled to have the life-saving surgery next month. “The day he found out, I said, ‘We’re on, it’s a go.’ Then, he came over and hugged me and he said, ‘Oh my gosh,'” Bleuer said. “It’s just amazing,” said Peterson. “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.”
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[Featured image: ABC News/Nancy Bleuer]