Pastor receives vital kidney transplant


by Derek Smith

Anchorage, AK-- A pastor of a local church delivered a message to his congregation that no one was expecting. He suffered from kidney failure.

That's when a member from from his church stepped up and said he'll donate his kidney.

     That man is Nicholas Kittleson. He is a lawyer.
     And it was no debate for him to decide what needed to be done.

     "I always wanted to be a superhero and save someones life. I can't jump bulldings, or am a very fast runner, dont know CPR very well, but doctors say all you need to do is sleep, and I said I can do that," Kittleson says.

     But doctors were skeptic. They feared Nicholas wasn't a match.
     But Dr. Odem wouldn't hear any of it.

     "There was no question in my mind, I knew he was a match, God told him to do it," Dr. Odem says.

     After close evaluations, forty-two year old Nicholas was a match.
     "When pastor Dan said to pray for Dr. Odem because he suffered from kidney failure, I thought I felt in my spirit that's what I've been preparing for, this is the man," Kittleson said.
     Not only is Nicholas an attorney and a superhero, he's also a DJ by weekend, whose love goes beyond the call of duty.

     "It can work, and he looks great," Kittleson complimenting on Dr. Odem's condition.

     Dr. Odem isn't to sure where he would be today, But one thing is for sure. The church has their pastor back .

     "Who knows how long that would be, it works perfect, i've gone from seeing a doctor twice a month, to see once a month, praise God," Dr. Odem says. 

Those who are interested in kidney donations can attend a kidney donating workshop Friday night, May 30th held at the East Auditorium located at Providence Hospital.

There will be health officials to answer any questions folks might have. The workshop begins at 6:30 P.M.


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