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Dad’s kidney gives Uitenhage lad new lease on life

by Khanyi Ndabeni HERALD REPORTER

Adriaan Lombard, 9, of Uitenhage finally has a new kidney – donated by his dad, Bokkie.IT took nine years, but Adriaan Lombard, 9, of Uitenhage finally has a new kidney – donated by his dad, Bokkie.

Grade 4 pupil Adriaan received the kidney from his father at the Donald Gordon Medical Centre at Wits University and arrived back home at the weekend, ending nine years of family misery.

“My child was diagnosed with kidney failure a few months after he was born,” said his mother Lindy.

Bokkie was identified by the doctor as a compatible donor for his son, but the family had to wait before the transplant could be performed.

“All these years, I‘ve watched my son not growing like the other kids at his age,” said Lindy.

“He was small and was on a low-protein diet almost every day.”

The father and son were admitted to the hospital last Tuesday and the father was discharged on Saturday.

Adriaan was discharged yesterday.

“I‘m so looking forward to my child growing like the other children,” said Bokkie proudly. “He is now in Grade 4. As soon as he recovers from this, he will be able to play like the other boys of his age,” he said.

Organ Donor Foundation project manager Samantha Volschenk said 27 children under the age of 12 had been waiting for kidney transplants last year, and 25 under the age of 17.

“Only five children under the age of 12 and two adolescents received a kidney last year,” she said.

At the medical centre where Adriaan and Bokkie were admitted, about 10 children aged from six months to 12 years are on the active call- up list, waiting for kidneys. Eight are waiting for livers.

Transplant co-ordinator Kim Crymble said: “Last year we performed eight transplants on children and so far this year we have performed five – three combined liver/kidney transplants and two liver transplants.

source: The Herald Online

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