Today we feature Amesh Patel from Johannesburg! He has definitely had the most interesting “call for transplant” we’ve seen thusfar!
1. Which organ/tissue did you receive, and in what year?
Kidney in 2018
2. How long were you on the waiting list for your organ?
Approximately 2 and a half years.
3. What was life like before the transplant? How did you spend your days?
Life was very routine with me doing dialysis 3 times a week. I was often confined to the dialysis centre for at least 12 hours a week which made it very difficult to plan life or events. My days were spent with my family when I wasn’t doing dialysis as those days were difficult as I had to fit work in as well.
4. Describe the emotions experienced when you received “The Call” for your transplant?
It was surreal, quite bizarre as I was on a flight to Cape Town and my wife manged to get hold of the airline who in turn got hold of the pilot mid-flight who broke the news to me. I was then on the next flight home and the rest is history.
5. What is life like now, after the transplant?
It’s tricky but magnificent.
6. What advice would you give patients on the waiting list?
There is nothing more important than being positive and more importantly following your healthcare providers advice and suggestion to ensure that your quality of life Is not compromised.
7. Why do you think there is a shortage of donors in South Africa?
The short answer is education and awareness.
8. If you could describe transplant in one word, what would it be?