On #TransplantTuesday we feature the story of Debbie Poggo age 63, from Johannesburg, Gauteng.
1. Which organ/tissue did you receive, and in what year?
Blessed to receive a cadaver kidney in 2003.
2. What was life like before the transplant? How did you spend your days?
I led a best to normal life as I could, not realizing that my body was slowing down. I became very tired, lost my appetite and sense of smell and taste, lost weight. I carried on working, seeing to the family but had to rest during the day, some days more than others. I was on the waiting list for two years.
3. Describe the emotions experienced when you received “The Call” for your transplant?
I was at work when the call I was so excited but very apprehensive and told them I had to go to my yoga class. The co-ordinator said you better get here immediately.
4. What is life like now, after the transplant?
The main things I noticed the change in was sense of taste and smell returned. My energy levels improved and general life was back to “normal” i.e. transplant normal.
5. What advice would you give patients on the waiting list?
Trust believe and have faith it will happen as well as a positive attitude.
6. Why do you think there is a shortage of donors in South Africa?
Lack of knowledge, lack of advising ones family members of your wish that you want to donate your organs also to place sticker on your license.
7. If you could describe transplant in one word, what would it be?
A Gift of Life – which is absolutely amazing and precious!