One day, Nancy Bleuer, a kindergarten teacher from Iowa, noticed that one of her pupils was really sad. She decided to try and comfort him and asked why he looked so gloomy. She had noticed before that Camden hadn’t been his usual, happy self for quite some time, so the concerned teacher wanted to know if there was a way she could help. Little Camden opened up and revealed to his teacher that his dad, Darreld Petersen, was really sick and his kidneys were completely malfunctioning.
According to the doctors, Darreld’s kidneys were only operating at around twenty percent of normal capacity. Darreld had been getting dialysis treatments for a couple of months, however, the treatments made him severely sick. There was no question that he was in need of a new kidney before things got out of hand.
Because of this, Camden was very worried that his dad wouldn’t get better. Nancy was absolutely heartbroken upon hearing the news, and decided that she would do everything she possibly could to help out Camden and his family. She wanted to save his life, so she offered to donate one of her kidneys. She immediately got tested, as fate would have it, her kidneys were a perfect match!
Without hesitation, Nancy filled in all the necessary paperwork to prepare for the procedure. She recalled, “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].”
Speaking to ABC News, Darreld said, “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.”
“She’s an amazing lady and from day one she was gungho. Camden gets the idea that Ms. Nancy is helping his dad,” he added in an interview with Inside Edition.
The two recall that sharing the news about the kidney donation was an emotional moment for the three of them. “Here was Darreld and his son with a dozen huge roses and I’m crying but of course, it was very nice,” Nancy explained. “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.’
Darreld further added, “It was a very cool response and it’s good to know that I’ll be able to go to Camden’s high school graduation one day and talk about this and think, ‘Well, that was crazy.’”
The surgery took place a couple of weeks later at the University of Iowa Hospital and both are now doing well. Such a heartwarming and selfless act!