Organ Donation is a conversation, and we want to #TellYourStory. This week we feature the story of Lisa Du Plessis from Cape Town. Lisa is a swimming star, and has won various medals at the World Transplant Games.
1. Which organ/tissue did you receive, and in what year?
Kidney in 2013. I was blessed enough to have had a live donor.
2. What was life like before the transplant? How did you spend your days?
You kind of step outside of yourself in order to cope with circumstances. Constantly tired even when you awake after a deep sleep.
3. Describe the emotions experienced when you received “The Call” for your transplant.
When Sharon offered to be my donor (if she were a match) it was a blessing that filled my heart with pure joy and gratitude.
4. What is life like now, after the transplant?
Even though I experience side effects from the daily medications; I have a zest for life and talk to everyone I meet about becoming an organ donor. I have been blessed to have been given more time to see my son grow up.
5. What advice would you give patients on the waiting list?
Never lose hope and have faith. Keep your attitude positive no matter what.
6. Why do you think there is a shortage of donors in South Africa?
Lack of knowledge and marketing.
7. If you could describe transplant in one word, what would it be?