++ A Four-Year-Old Let A Secret Slip About His Dad Then His Teacher Decided To Act

 If there's one thing we know about 4-year-olds is that they speak will pure honesty. Whatever is happening in their life or on their minds, they have no problem saying it. Though sometimes it can be a bit embarrassing for us adults, on the other hand, it's sweet and innocent.

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But when a teacher overheard this one preschooler's confession, she made a one-in-a-lifetime offer to the Peterson family. What was the kid revealing that shocked this teacher? You're about to find out.

Not everyone can be a teacher

It takes a special person to be able to connect with children and educate the leaders of tomorrow. Not everyone has the patience and open-heart to work with children. But Iowa native Nancy Bleuer knew teaching was what she wanted to do.

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She attended Buena Vista University and majored in elementary education before becoming a preschool teacher at Washington Charlie Brown Preschool & Childcare. She believed this was her way of giving back to the community, even though the 54-year-old always dreamt of doing more.

Miss Nancy

Though adults around town knew her as Nancy Bleuer, the kids only knew her as "Miss Nancy." The students loved her. But she knew she could do more with love and make acts of kindness outside of her classroom. She told UIHC.org that a friend of hers had made the brave and kind decision to donate a living organ to another friend.

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When she heard what her friend did, she was inspired. Bleuer said, "It was an important part of her life's journey, and that was inspirational to me." Though teaching was part of Bleuer's life journey, she wanted to help even more.

Bleuer continued with teaching

Although her friend's selfless decision inspired Bleuer, she didn't want to force anything. If she had the opportunity to help someone, she would. But the best acts of kindness happen when you're not searching for them. In 2017, she introduced a new four-year-old boy into her classroom, Camden Petersen.

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Though all the students loved Bleuer, Camden's dad, Darreld, told CBS Philly that Bleuer played an important role in his son's life. Going to school helped Camden handle the issues that were going on at home.

What was happening at home?

In 2010, Camden's dad, Darreld, learned that he had Berger's disease, which is a form of kidney inflammation that happens when there's an excess of an antibody named immunoglobulin A. With time, the excess of antibodies harms the organ's tissues and results in organ failure.

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Six years after being diagnosed, Darreld, unfortunately, began to suffer from organ failure. After spending seven days in the hospital, Darrel started routine dialysis treatment. But was this going to be enough to keep Darreld alive?

Are kidneys that important for the human body?

In short: yes. The kidneys are essential and play a crucial role in filtering and cleaning the blood. So, when the kidneys stop working, this is when dialysis helped them to function as normal as possible. But dialysis isn't an easy treatment.

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In fact, it's a huge commitment, and usually, those who are on dialysis aren't able to work. Darreld spent four hours a day, three days a week, undergoing dialysis treatment. And when you have a child to provide for, this treatment adds even more stress.

But the clock was ticking

Darreld's doctors knew if he wanted to live, he would need to receive a kidney transplant. While Darreld was undergoing dialysis, his doctors added him to the list of patients in need of a kidney donation. Receiving a kidney transplant would eliminate the need for dialysis and give Darreld back his life.

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Though this sounds like a piece of cake, finding an organ donor is a whole new challenge. Was Darreld able to find an organ donor? Or did his luck run out?

Donors came pouring in

Darreld's friends and family all jumped in to help him find an organ donor. They all wanted to see Darreld live a normal and healthy life with his son. They didn't want Camden to grow up without his dad. But, though people were eager to help, things just weren't working out.

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Darreld told UIHC.org that, "I had friends and family come forward who wanted to donate, but those didn't work out, for medical reasons or other reasons." While Darreld was searching for an organ donor, he pushed his son to continue living a normal life.

Then Bleuer overheard something one day in class

When it came to his dad's condition, Camden wasn't told exactly what was going on. But he knew his dad needed help. While Camden was at school, Bleuer had no idea what was going on at Camden's home. That was until Camden decided to talk about it at school.

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Bleuer was shocked at what Camden was saying and called his parents immediately to confirm what she heard. She found out that Camden was in fact, telling the truth about his father's need for an organ donor.

Bleuer had an "aha" moment

After hearing Darreld confirm what was happening at home, Bleuer had an aha moment. When she realized one of her student's father needed a kidney, Bleuer remembered the selfless act her friend did. She explained that she always "wondered how [she] would respond if such an opportunity to help someone else came up."

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But was she going to do? She was a teacher after all; she couldn't leave her class of young students. She was also 54-years-old, and surgeries don't get any easier as you age.

It was a no-brainer

For Bleuer, even though she knew of the risks, she didn't think twice about her decision to help Camden's father. After finding out about his condition, she immediately told Darreld she wanted to donate her kidney. At first, Darreld was uncertain about her going through the process, but she wouldn't take no for an answer.

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She wanted to help Camden's family out, and this was how she was going to do it. But saying you're going to donate a kidney and actually doing it are two different things.

The process was grueling

Saying you want to donate a kidney to someone is only the first step and the easiest step. After that, Bleuer needed to go a series of tests to make sure she was compatible with Camden's dad. If not, she wouldn't be able to donate her kidney to him.

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But lucky for Darreld, Bleuer ended up being a match. After that, Bleuer underwent further testing, including EKG, a CT exam, and urinalysis. Doctors also had to psychologically test her and make sure she was mentally ready for the long road ahead. This wasn't going to be easy.

The final results were in

In May 2017, Bleuer received her final results, the ones that would finally give her the stamp of approval for being Darreld's kidney donor. She told ABC 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]."

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She was given the green light and told Darreld about the news. He was in complete shock. "It took a minute to sink in, but then he hugged me, and I knew, ‘OK, he gets it!'" Bleuer told UIHC.org. The time had come; Darrled was going to get a new kidney.

They wheeled into the operating room together

On June 1, 2017, Bleuer and Darreld were wheeled into the operating room for their procedures. A group of surgeons overlooked the removal of Bleuer's kidney and the implantation into Darreld. This was a serious procedure for both of them.

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Luckily, the operation went smoothly, and in one week, both patients were back home. From that moment on, Bleuer had completed her act of kindness as she always wanted to do, and Darreld could finally go back to living a normal life.

A true story of kindness

With this story, Darreld wanted to teach the world how important and life-saving organ donations can be. Not only that, Darreld's life is now completely changed for the better. But that wasn't the only thing he wanted to show from this story.

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He wanted to put the emphasis on the medical team who was by his side through the entire process. He said they created "a positive and supportive environment" in the middle of this chaotic time in his life.

Miss Bleuer was more than just a teacher

In an interview with CMS Philly, Darreld said the Bleuer's act of kindness shows the importance of teachers' role in a child's life. He said to UIHC.org that he doesn't know how to express his gratitude towards Bleuer for what she did for him.

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The act was truly selfless, and he finished saying that she was "an amazing woman." Though what she did was no small act, this organ donation changed the lives of not only Darreld, but for everyone who loved him.

How was the experience for Bleuer?

For Bleuer, she always wanted to help other people outside of the classroom. So, for her, this decision was without question. It was her chance to help and change someone's life for the better. Her kidney donation would extend Darreld's life and let his dad raise Camden as he imagined.

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Bleuer told ABC News, "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.'"

This wouldn't have happened without Camden

If Camden wasn't the one to bring up his family issues at school, his father wouldn't have received the kidney transplant he needed. Camden, the four-year-old, saved the day! But this isn't the only story of someone in need of a kidney.

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Thousands of people around the world are on the list for organ transplants, some even babies. Baby Blake was born in need of a new kidney, and as a desperate mother, she went on social media to ask for help. But would she get it?

Not all babies have an easy start in life

When baby Blake was born, he wasn't given an easy start to his new life. Nick and Heather Bahr welcomed their new baby boy into the world in November 2014, but they didn't realize this blessing would become a tragedy.

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Sadly, Blake was born with only one kidney, and it wasn't working well. Blake was only two days old when he was diagnosed with kidney disease. Since his health was poor, he spent the first couple of months of his life living in the hospital.

The youngest patient ever to be on the list

Blake was quickly placed on the donor registry as he needed a kidney and needed one fast. The second he was on the registry, he broke the record as being the youngest patient on the list. Not the record any parent wants their child to win.

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Blake lived his life on feeding tubes while being hooked up to a dialysis machine 13 hours every day. Though this was a hard experience for him, it was even harder for his parents to witness.

The phone didn't ring

For months, Blake's parents and doctors waited for a donor match for the little boy. The parents were growing desperate by the minute, and Heather, Blake's mom, knew she needed to take measures into her own hands.

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If her son died, she wouldn't be able to live with herself. So, Heather decided to go on social media and share Blake's story with the internet. Maybe someone would be able to give her advice or some sign of hope. But would it work?

Social media saved Blake's life

Though Heather didn't know it at the time, her Facebook post would eventually be the one thing that saved her child's life. A woman named Laurie Jansen accidentally stumbled upon Heather's post while she was scrolling through Facebook, unable to fall asleep that night.

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Thankfully, if it wasn't for her restless night, she wouldn't have come across the post about Blake, and who knows what would have happened. What made Jansen connect with Heather's post? Why did she want to help baby Blake?

Jansen shared a similar past

Heather's story struck a particular chord with Jansen as she shared similar family history. Jansen's mother suffered from kidney disease and had to undergo a kidney transplant. The transplant was successful and lasted for 16 years, but soon, Jansen's mother found out she would need a second transplant.

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Jansen wanted to donate her kidney to her mother, but her mother refused. Since they weren't able to find another donor in time, Jansen's mother died in November 2013.

Her mother's death haunted her

Jansen would have been able to save her mother's life; however, her mother didn't want Jansen's quality of life to decrease. So, when Jansen saw Blake's story, she knew this was her chance to save a life and help another family out.

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She reached out to the Bahr family and offered to donate her kidney to Blake. Jansen knew what it would take to see if she was a match, and she was ready to go through the steps.

Was Jansen a match?

After Jansen's phone interview, she underwent medical examinations to see if she was Blake's match. Luckily, everyone's prayers had been answered, and it turned out Jansen was a perfect match for baby Blake. "It's just incredible that she would do something like this for somebody she doesn't even know," Heather said.

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Blake was going to have the most important surgery of his life, one that would ultimately save him and give him a chance at a normal life.

Things couldn't have turned out better

With surgeries like these ones, you never know how they're going to go. There's always a chance the body will reject the new organ, and then the patient is back to square one. But it turned out for Jansen and Blake; the surgery couldn't have gone any smoother.

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On January 18, 2015, Blake was just over one-year-old when he underwent the organ transplant. Jansen told the Herald-Whig, "Basically, he took my kidney out and walked it over and then did Blake's surgery."

The story didn't end there

Two weeks after surgery, Jansen was already back at work, while Blake was able to return home after one week in the hospital. But their relationship didn't end there. Jansen and Blake share a special connection and also a kidney. "We'll never be able to thank her enough," Heather told KTVI.

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"She's an awesome lady," she continued. But Jansen stays humble and says this is just something she knew she was meant to do. Though Jansen didn't see it as a big deal, for the Bahr family, it was.

Jansen knew this was supposed to happen

For Jansen, she believes her mother rejected her kidney donation for a different reason. "I think there was another reason my mother didn't take my kidney," Jansen explained. "I think there was just a higher reason for all of it. For me to open that page and click on it. To reach out to the Bahrs and to be a perfect match. I think there was definitely a little bit of a miracle involved there."

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Whether it was a miracle or not, Blake is now a healthy and happy toddler, living a normal life. "He's learning how to walk. He's eating everything in sight — no more feeding tubes, no more dialysis!" Heather said.

Jansen and Blake have a special bond

As you know, they share a special connection. Jansen stays in touch with the Bahr family and visits her new friend Blake. Every time she sees him, he grows bigger and stronger, which makes her overwhelmed with happiness. "It's amazing to see the changes in him," she told the Herald Whig.

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"To see him being so mobile, to see him talking and walking." To celebrate, the Bahrs donated 1,000 books to the hospital, which treated Blake. The books helped Blake, and the family hopes they'll help other children who are going through similar problems.

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