Hannes, 40 years old from Pretoria donated part of his liver to save his dad life. He shares his story in our #TransplantThursday feature.
1. Which organ did you donate, and in what year?
Part of my liver in May 2021.
2. How long were your recipient on the waiting list for an organ?
Not long, a few weeks.
3. What made you decide to donate?
To help my dad have a second chance and enable him to enjoy his retirement. He gave life to me, raised me and educated me. It’s my part of saying thank you. I always want to be part of the bigger picture.
4. Describe the emotions experienced when you were told that you are a suitable donor?
Overwhelmed excited and nervous at the same time.
5. What is life like now, after donating part of your liver?
Much the same. Still have some discomfort, but the recovery afterwards went well.
6. What advice would you give people considering being a living donor?
You save lives, not just one but many. You save the lives of those around the person that received the organ. You save lives because families can reunite and make it possible for someone else to dream again. Be part something bigger than yourself.
7. Why do you think there is a shortage of donors in South Africa?
People are not educated well and many are not even aware of being able to donate, irrespectively of colour, race or religion.
8. If you could describe donation in one word, what would it be?
9. Are there any reason NOT to be an organ donor?
Not really still a personal decision.
10. If you could be any organ, what organ would you be and why?
The liver, it generates itself, multiple and recover to its full potential. Exactly how God made us to be.