A week after her colleague’s kidney was transplanted into her ailing body, a pharmacist’s assistant from Hawston is in a stable condition and looking forward to going home.
Zandra Marais, 54, underwent the operation last week during which her friend and colleague Christel Swart’s kidney was transplanted into her body.
Although she is in a stable condition and has been transferred to a normal ward, she is still very weak.
Meanwhile Christel, an Intensive Care Unit nurse, was discharged from the Christiaan Barnard Hospital in Cape Town on Friday.
“I didn’t want to leave Zandra alone. I wished I could stay with her. Dit was ’* tranedal. I cried like a baby that had to go away from its mother,” she says.
But she also couldn’t wait to be reunited with her husband, son, daughter and five-month-old grandson after a week.
After Zandra was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2013 and had to start dialysis, Christel decided to have herself tested to determine if she would be a suitable match to donate a kidney.
She was the first to be tested, and was a match, which is rare.
According to Fanie Du Toit of the SA Kidney Foundation, “a large number” of patients die while waiting on a transplant.
Currently there are more than 4 500 patients receiving dialysis in South Africa.
“About 50 percent of them are not eligible for transplants due to health reasons,” explains Fanie.
For information call Organ Donor Foundation on 0800 22 66 11.