Organ transplants give new lease on life

Netwerk 24 | Deur Heléne Meissenheimer

A timely organ transplant can give someone a second chance to live.

August is national Organ Donor Awareness Month. The government estimates that there are around 4 300 adults and children in South Africa currently awaiting an organ or cornea transplant.

Sadly there is such a shortage of available organs that some have to wait for years and for some the wait is too long.

Marion Oldfield (68) of Vredenburg is one the lucky ones. Nine years ago (then 59 years old) she was diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. She underwent nine chemo cycles, and to prevent further cancer, she needed a bone marrow transplant.

She didn’t know it at the time, but there was only a 25% chance that one of her brothers would be a match.

Her brother, Gordon Comins, who lives in Australia, came over to be tested, was found to be a match and returned to donate his life-saving marrow and the process began. Continue reading