When 4-year-old Camden started acting strange at school, his teacher, Nancy Bleur, noticed it immediately. With each passing day, the boy was becoming more and more closed off.
Then, one day, the boy finally told her the truth about his father, and she immediately notified the authorities.
Teachers play a significant role in every child's life. Having a good teacher can make their time at school more enjoyable, especially if their teacher is someone as empathic as Nancy Bleuer.
If it wasn't for Nancy, who knows how much longer the little boy would have to struggle. She went above and beyond to dig out the truth about what happened to him.
Nancy had been a kindergarten teacher for a long time and could easily read her students. She could always tell when a child was getting bullied at school or having problems at home and tried to help them in any way she could.
But some students were hard to read, and Camden was one of them.
He Was A Good Boy
She never had any problems with Camden before. He was a well-behaved energetic child who loved going to school.
So it came as a shock to Nancy when Camden suddenly became disinterested in what was going on around him. Something didn't feel right.
She Knew His Father
Nancy was acquainted with the boy's father, Darreld, which made this case even more strange. He came to every parent-teacher meeting, and sometimes the pair would engage in long conversations about their children and life in general.
He seemed like a good man.
It Was Just Him and His Dad
His mother wasn’t in the picture, so it was just Camden and his father at home. The boy seemed comfortable around him, and Nancy assumed they had a close bond.
But she couldn't have been more wrong about him.
An Extroverted Child
Nancy knew bullying wasn't the cause for his strange behavior. Other children in the kindergarten were drawn to Camden. He was the leader of the class.
He was one of the most charismatic and outgoing boys in his grade. He reminded Nancy of herself when she was his age.
She Didn't Know What Was Going On
So, when he suddenly stopped talking to his peers, Nancy immediately sensed something was wrong.
She asked Camden's friends if there was something about the boy she should know about, but they all were just as clueless as she was.
Something Was Off
Nancy decided to keep an eye on him to make sure everything was under control. But with a class full of students, she couldn't focus entirely on Camden.
At first, she assumed he was having a bad day, but his behavior didn't change in the following days.
He Was Acting Strange
After a week, Nancy began noticing more changes in the boy. He stopped responding to her and even told his best friend to leave him alone when the boy tried hugging him.
Nancy needed to get to the bottom of this, but how could she do it if Camden refused to speak to anyone?
His Behaviour Wasn't Changing
Nancy had dozens of other students to focus on, so it was difficult for her to figure out what was wrong with Camden.
Every lunch break, the boy isolated himself from his peers and ate alone in the corner of the room. He was barely eating too.
She Wanted Answers
Nancy knew the problem wasn't school-related. Camden was doing well in all of his classes up until now. But it was the sudden change in his behavior that worried her the most.
Camden would cover his face with his hands every time he saw someone approaching him.
He Was Isolating Himself
This wasn't like him at all. By that point, Camden barely touched his food. Something was going on, and Nancy decided to speak with him.
Nancy felt torn. How could she speak with Camden when he had been avoiding her the entire week? Normally, the two loved chatting, but lately, Camden wasn't interested in what she had to say.
Speaking to the Boy
Nancy worried that something had happened to Camden, and she wanted to be there for him. She couldn't bear to see him upset at school.
So one day, during lunch break, she walked up to Camden and sat next to him.
He Told Her The Truth
When Nancy asked him what was going on, to her surprise, the boy told her immediately. He was having a problem with his father, and he couldn't get him out of his head.
Nancy couldn't believe what she was hearing and immediately knew what she had to do.
Calling His Dad
When Nancy heard about the horrifying story, she wanted to call Camden's dad immediately. She knew it wasn't her place to interfere, but she cared deeply for the little boy.
So, without any hesitation, Nancy picked up her cellphone and called the boy's dad. She wasn't prepared for what she heard on the other side of the phone.
His Dad Was Surprised
Darreld was surprised to see Nancy's name on his phone. He had never received a call from her before and immediately assumed something had happened to his son.
Little did he know that he was the problem.
He Thought Camden Was In Trouble
He assumed Nancy was calling him because his son was in trouble or hurt himself, but he couldn't have been more wrong.
Nancy explained to him that Camden had been acting strange lately and told her that his father was sick. Darreld was surprised to hear that.
He Was Surprised
He had no idea his condition was affecting Camden. Darreld had been trying so hard to keep his son out of this nightmare, but he must have overheard him having a conversation with his friend about it.
Darreld's kidneys were functioning below 20 percent, and he was on dialysis. His story struck Nancy, and she was worried about what would happen to Camden if his kidneys failed. After all, his father was all he had.
A Big Decision
Nancy couldn't get his story out of her mind and knew there was a way she could help Darreld and Camden. First, she wanted to see if she could be a kidney donor for him.
So, the very next day, Nancy went to the hospital to learn more about kidney donation and find out whether or not she could be a suitable donor.
She Needed To Go Though Many Tests
The doctor informed Nancy she would have to go through many tests to see if she could be a donor for Darreld. To be a suitable donor, her blood type and blood tissue test should match his. Otherwise, his body would reject the organ.
Nancy knew the chances of being a suitable match were slim to none but decided to try anyway.
A Long Journey Ahead
The doctors would also have to test Nancy's kidneys to ensure they were functioning properly. In addition, she would need to do a chest x-ray, an electrocardiogram, a physical exam, and a computed tomography of the kidneys.
Being a healthy person, Nancy was confident her tests results would come back normal.
A Big Decision
Nancy could only donate a kidney if she passed all these tests, and even if she did, she would still need to complete psychological testing to make sure she was mentally competent enough to make this life-changing decision.
The doctor needed to ensure she understood what she was getting herself into.
Possible Health Risks
The doctor also warned her about possible complications after the surgical procedure. People with one kidney are at risk of developing proteinuria, fluid retention, and high blood pressure.
She would have to maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly and eating a nutritious diet.
She Passed All The Tests
After Nancy passed all the examinations and learned she was a suitable donor, it was time for her to break the news to Darreld. She immediately called him and delivered the life-changing information.
Would he take up on her offer?
He Was At a Loss For Words
Darreld was speechless. Out of all his friends and family, Nancy was the only suitable donor, but he knew how dangerous the procedure was, and he didn't want her to risk her life for him.
If something were to happen to Nancy, he would never be able to forgive himself.
He Said No At First
Darreld told Nancy he wouldn't allow her to do something so dangerous, but she insisted on helping him. Nancy wasn't going to give up now after she had already gone through all the testing at the hospital.
Would she be able to convince him?
He knew if he refused Nancy's offer, he might never find another suitable donor, and his son could become an orphan.
So, he accepted Nancy's offer and sent her a small thank you gift to the school.
The Day of
After all the paperwork was filled out, and tests were completed, it was time for Nancy to donate her kidney to Camden's father. Darreld couldn't help but worry that something would happen to Nancy during the procedure, and it would all be his fault.
He shared his fear with Nancy, but she assured him everything would be alright.
Before The Surgery
Darreld's friends also came to the hospital to support him and thank Nancy for helping their friend. He had been struggling mentally and physically for the past few months, and they couldn't stand watching him suffer.
Now, he was going to receive a new kidney, and this nightmare would finally be over.
The Transplant Team
Darreld and Nancy felt safe knowing they were in the best hands. Dr. Daniel Katz, Dr. Allen Reed, Dr., and Zoe Stewart Lewis, were some of the best medical professionals in the city.
Everyone was confident the surgery would be successful, and Darreld would walk out of the hospital with a new kidney.
After The Procedure
The first thing Nancy saw when she woke up were the faces of Darreld's friends, who thanked her once again for saving him. The produce was a success, and Darrell woke up with a new kidney.
He couldn't find the words to express how grateful he was for Nancy.
She Is A Part Of Their Family Now
Darreld and his friends told Nancy she will always be a part of their family, and they will never stop thanking her. As soon as the surgery was over, Camden went back to his old self.
But this wasn't the end of their amazing journey.
First Day of School
After recovering from the surgery, Nancy went back to work. As soon as she entered the classroom, she saw Camden playing with his friends and laughing. It warmed her heart to see Camden happy again.
Nancy and Darreld decided to raise awareness for organ donation and contacted a local news company. They agreed to do their story right away.
Nancy's Coworker Was Her Motivation
When the reporter asked Nancy what made her decide to become an organ donor, she shared a story about her coworker. A few years ago, her coworker donated a kidney to a church member.
So, when Nancy heard about Darreld's illness, she knew what she could do to help him. Her coworker's story inspired her to make a difference in this world.
Darreld shared with the reporter how grateful he is for Nancy and that she gave him a chance to watch his son grow up.
Now, Camden can enjoy his childhood and not worry about his father's condition, thanks to his amazing kindergarten teacher!
Another Chance at Life
He also said that Nancy inspired him to help another person in need, and when the opportunity presents itself, he will try his best to change their life the way she did.
The local news station also shared this heartwarming story on their Facebook page.
It wasn't long before Nancy and Darreld's story went viral. Thousands of people from all over the world were commenting, liking, and resharing the post.
While some people commented how kind, brave, and selfless Nancy was, others said that she inspired them to help other people in the same way.
Nancy and Darrell's Goal
Nancy and Darreld hope their incredible story will inspire more people to become organ donors and save someone's life. It's challenging to find a suitable organ donor and more options mean more chances of helping someone in need.
Every day, Nancy receives new messages from people who are praising her for what she did. But, what are they up to today?
What They're Up To Today
Nancy is still working at the same school, and her favorite part of the day is watching Camden smile. The boy is thankful for what Nancy did for his father and considers her family.
Darreld is also feeling great and is excited about his future. He no longer requires dialysis and can now focus on other aspects of his life, such as his career and health.