During May we featured 3 women who became mothers post transplant. This month we celebrate Father’s Day, and we’ll be featuring the dads! First up is Gawie Marx, aged 55 and we live from Paarl, Western Cape.
1. Which organ/tissue did you receive, and in what year?
I was diagnosed with acute leukemia in 1997 and had a bone-marrow transplant from my younger brother Johan on 13 August 1998.
2. How long after transplant did you become a dad?
Our twin boys, Justin and Grant was born on 14 June 2009, 11 years after my transplant.
3. Was the journey of becoming a father a difficult one? Either medically or perhaps emotionally?
Yes, the only option for us to become parents was with invitro insemination. At the time my sperm was frozen for almost 11 years.
4. Was your medical team supportive of becoming a parent?
Yes, very much – we had a awesome team of doctors looking after us.
5. When was the baby/babies born?
14 June 2009
6. Has being a dad had an impact on your health?
No, my health has not been affected at all, but emotionally it has been a wonderful journey being a parent.
7. What advice would you give other transplant patients who would like to become fathers?
If you can become a parent, I will personally recommend you do consider it as family is so important and a wonderful life experience. My twin boys do keep me young and I enjoy doing stuff with them.