For many transplant recipients, motherhood might feel like an illusive dream. With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, we decided to shine the spotlight on two ladies whose dreams of being a mom came true, despite being organ recipients.
First up is Talia Isaacs, 35, from Sandton:
1. Which organ/tissue did you receive, and in what year?
Bilateral lung transplant in 2017 ( currently 3 years post-transplant).
2. How long after transplant did you start considering having a baby?
This was a lifelong dream of mine and as soon as 3 – 6 months post-transplant I was already thinking about it.
3. Was the journey of becoming a mother (pregnancy/adoption/surrogacy) a difficult one?
We opted for surrogacy as it was the safest and least complicated option for my health. The process is long, complicated, expensive and emotionally challenging. However, it is also protected by a legal team and truly wonderful and caring doctors that helped us as future parents and the surrogate throughout the journey which made it far more manageable.
4. Was your medical team supportive of becoming a parent?
I feel that the medical team were not only supportive of the decision but encouraging and excited for my journey as a mom that lay ahead.
5. When was the baby/babies born?
Our gorgeous triplets were born on 28 September 2020 ( they are 6 months old).
6. Has being a mom had an impact on your health?
There as been no health impact on me since having babies.
7. What advice would you give other transplant patients who would like to become mothers?
For me, becoming a mom has been the greatest blessing. The love for your babies is unexplainable. My advice for other recipients is that you should follow your heart. We have overcome so much – from being so ill to receiving the beautiful gift of life that I believe we owe it to ourselves to achieve our dreams. If you want to be a mom there is no reason why you can’t be one.