Lebohang Moabeng, 36, from Jouberton, just outside Klerksdorp, received a kidney transplant and this gave him a second chance at life. Read Lebohang’s story about competing in three National and World Transplant Games.
1. Which organ did you receive, and in what year?
I had a kidney transplant in 2009.
2. How long were you on the waiting list for your organ?
3. What was life like before the transplant? How did you spend your days?
This was not a normal life, I was still in high school when I was diagnosed and had to fit dialysis in with schoolwork and writing exams. I was not able to play soccer with my friends and dialysis took up a lot of time and I spent many days in the hospital.
4. Describe the emotions experienced when you received “The Call” for your transplant?
I was called up twice and luckily the second time I was the successful candidate to receive the kidney transplant. I was at choir practice and left my phone at home. Luckily my sister was able to reach me in time and we then drove to the hospital in Johannesburg.
5. What is life like now, after the transplant?
Life is very good. I’m able to do many things, especially competing in sports. I have competed in the World Transplant Games in Argentina and Spain where I won bronze medals for 5km walk, and a silver Medal in England. I have qualified for the World Transplant Games in Perth in 2023 where I’ll be competing in the 5km walk and long jump.
6. What advice would you give patients on the waiting list?
Have faith and stay hopeful.
7. Why do you think there is a shortage of donors in South Africa?
People are not talking about organ donation enough. With the Coronavirus, there were adverts and campaigns everywhere and people were constantly talking about it. We need to get organ and tissue donation awareness on the same level.
8. If you could describe a transplant in one word, what would it be?