My story is no different than all other organ transplant recipients.
We’ve all walked the same journey that of a debilitating organ and in need of an organ transplant. Together with family we’ve all experienced the anguish, and trauma during the “waiting period” for a suitable donor organ. The kindness and care in keeping our spirits and morale up,doctors, nursing staff, and all involved in our pre and post transplantation became our 2nd family.
The euphoria and tears knowing that our prayers have been answered when a donor organ becomes available, but we also take a moment to give thanks and consider our living donor orfamily of deceased donor who through their selfless act of kindness, and grief, have given us a 2nd chance in life, and we keep them in our daily prayers. We remember those team members and their camaraderie who have sadly passed away.
In May 2009 I had a heart transplant and after the necessary recuperation period and numerous biopsies, Dr Willie Koen told me take my 2nd chance and live life to the fullest.
I went back to gym and to playing golf, which I had to give up due to my weak heart.
In 2011 I was part of the team to represent SA at the WTG games in Sweden and again in 2013 in Durban where I won a medal.
Win or lose in sports, we are all winners proving that after an organ transplant you can live a full, healthy and active life.
Organ transplantation is more than just the act of transplanting an organ from one person to another, for a recipient a new organ is the “GIFT OF LIFE”.