Introducing Clint Read, a vibrant spirit soaking up the sun on the KZN mid-south coast at 57! Clint’s path took a remarkable twist with a life-altering liver transplant. Join him as he unfolds his journey, sharing tales of resilience, healing, and the precious gift of a second chance.

1. Which organ did you receive, and in what year?
I received a full liver transplant in 2022.

2. How long were you on the waiting list for your organ?
Once listed I was on the waiting list for 3 weeks.

3. What was life like before the transplant How did you spend your days?
Before transplant life was really unpleasant. I was constantly cold, my hands would shake uncontrollably making it difficult to even hold a knife and fork. I was constantly going for ascites drainage and I was constantly tired. My memory was virtually non-existent. I spent much of my time fighting fatigue and trying to stay warm, even in the heat of summer.

4. Describe the emotions experienced when you were told your donor is a match?
My first emotion when I was told that I had a donor was one of shock. I’d expected to wait for months. Secondly I was elated. It was happening. It was exciting. Thirdly I felt a deep sense of sorrow for my donor and his/her family. Their selflessness was overwhelming and still continues today. The entire 7-hour journey from home to the hospital was mostly spent silently. My wife, Steff, and I were lost in our own world imagining the what if’s.

5. What is life like now, after the transplant?
Life after a transplant is amazing. No more bloating, no more shivering, no more shaking. My jaundiced appearance is a thing of the past. My energy levels do fluctuate with good days and bad days. Overall I’m feeling 10 years younger.

6. What advice would you give patients on the waiting list?
Patience, patience, patience. Your time will come. Everyone has a different time frame. Some are quicker than others but the specialists have got your back.

7. Why do you think there is a shortage of donors in South Africa?
People don’t realise what they have to offer from a donor perspective. Also, people are of the opinion that they will never have a need for an organ donation and they balk at the thought of someone else making use of their organs if they were to pass on. The biggest obstacle is that people feel that they will never need it and that nobody else would need their organs.

8. If you could describe transplant in one word, what would it be?
Life changing



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