Local resident donates kidney to save her friend’s life

Julie Anthony celebrates the news that her friend, Laurie Smith, is donating her kidney to her. She is congratulated by her husband, Jason.

Both Julie and Laurie hope their story will inspire others to become transplant donors.

LAURIE Smith and Julie (Julz) Anthony were acquaintances before a life changing decision brought the duo closer together. So when Julie was placed on a transplant list for a new kidney, Laurie decided she would give the gift that would change the uMhlanga resident’s life. The kindred spirits turned out to also have kindred kidneys as well, as doctors said they were compatible with each other. Laurie, who is a journalist, met Julie while writing a feature magazine article about her wedding.

“I was determined to try reverse the damage to my kidneys through diet and supplements under the care of a doctor in South Africa who had managed to repair his own kidneys when he had kidney disease by doing the same treatment as suggested for me. He supported the Australian dietary programme. Unfortunately my kidneys were too far gone. A month after getting back from honeymoon, I was permanently exhausted and my feet and legs began to swell. I was always aware of the symptoms for kidney failure but never ever experienced them, until this point,” the 34-year-old said. Continue reading
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