New kidneys, new lives

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Lentswe, Klerksdorp - Two patients at Klerksdorp Hospital’s renal unit received new kidneys in life-changing operations at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg hospital.

Georgette Abraham (46) received her kidney in October last year. She was on dialysis and on the waiting list for 12 years. John Monnahela from Khuma received a kidney on 30 September last year after being on dialysis for close to 8 years.

“I was so close to losing hope, until I got that phone call telling me that I will be getting a kidney and now my life has changed for the better. I am so looking forward to live my life to the fullest and not regret anything. Yes, sometimes you feel like giving up. I would like to encourage public out there to donate and support family members who have kidney failure and not give up on them as sometimes psychological support is of vital importance and also make sure that they take care of their bodies,” said John.

An excited Georgette said: “My family can’t keep up with me as my body changes have made me more energetic in terms of household chores; something I was unable to do in the past due to kidney failure. I am so grateful to whoever donated the kidney to me. I have been given a second chance in life and I don’t intend on wasting any more of it.

“Words fail us in describing how much this means to us and we are very grateful to Klerksdorp/Tshepong Hospital Complex’s Renal Unit as well as Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.

“We hope they keep doing the same for other patients as they have done for us,” they said.

“We always appreciate those people who sacrifice to give hope and happiness to others during their hard times, despite the unfortunate circumstance they find themselves in,” said Dr Wanis Shali, specialist physician and nephrologist in Renal Unit.

He added: “A kidney transplant is not a cure but a life-sustaining treatment as both patients will continue to be on medication.

They will have to follow healthy lifestyles and as there always are risks of kidney rejection by the body hence we encourage the society/community to go for checkups especially those who are living with hypertension and diabetes.”