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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Old school friend offers a kidney to save the life of Johannesburg mother

TIMES LIVE | Nivashni Nair

Continents apart‚ a South African expat living in Canada and the former classmate she hasn’t seen in decades were speechless when they discovered that they are a match for a kidney transplant.

Jill Hamilton has offered her kidney to save the life of Di Wilkinson‚ who was in her class at Queen Elizabeth High School in Harare.

The women‚ both in their fifties‚ reconnected when Hamilton discovered via a post on their old high school's Facebook page that Wilkinson‚ an end stage renal patient living in Johannesburg‚ needed a kidney transplant.

Wilkinson's daughter‚ Legh‚ said the family was "overwhelmed‚ emotional and grateful".

"Jill and my mom match on paper‚ we need to confirm this by mixing their bloods and confirming no reactions. This requires delivering a vial of blood from Vancouver to South Africa‚ which is the next step. My mom has had blood transfusions since the last time she gave blood for matching. This could potentially complicate things‚" she said.

Hamilton offered her kidney because it was the "right thing to do". Continue reading
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