Former Stanger resident, Sammy Nandlall is one of many who are on a long waiting list hoping for organ donation in time. Fifteen years ago, Sammy Nandlall was diagnosed with glomerulonephritis which affects both her kidneys. Now living in Alberton, south of Johannesburg, Nandlall has been on the waiting list for a kidney transplant for over a year, and while she does hope for a match, Nandlall is advocating for South Africans to become organ donors.
Organ donation is the medical process of taking an organ from a deceased person, with the consent of their family and friends, and surgically transplanting it into another person who is in dire need of an organ. Nandlall is also a Volunteer Ambassador for the Organ Donation Foundation of South Africa and speaking about the long waiting list for a transplant, Nandlall said, “Various factors impact the shortage of organ donations. Also, people have a fear of the unknown and superstition or sometimes bound by religious beliefs.”
She further adds that people sometimes question why should they donate, “often a lack of public awareness and educating communities on the importance of becoming an organ donor.”
The reality that Sammy Nandlall lives with
Speaking about symptoms she experiences, “Nausea, weight loss, insomnia, fatigue, hair loss, cramps and weakness of my joints and muscles with low iron levels. I go in and out of the hospital for blood transfusions is just some of the challenges I experience.”
“At first dialysis had a major impact on my health, mentally, physically. It was a complete lifestyle changing experience for me. Dietary and fluid restrictions had to be made.”
Nandlall spends must of her time hooked onto a dialysis machine and then still pushes on going back to work and working the additional 4 -5 hours she spends for dialysis treatment. She also looks at the forming scars on her arms which creates a constant stare from people who have many questions. “The reality is that organ donors save lives. Organ donation is made possible by people who voluntarily decide to donate their organs and tissue for transplantation.”
I look forward to a better quality of life and no more dialysis treatments, having loads more energy and for once in my life, not feeling tired. No restriction on fluid intake. Most of all the freedom to just being me and also the thought to be able to urinate again.”
By becoming a donor, you can be the difference between life or death for someone else, visit the Organ Donor Foundation of South Africa’s website here and connect with Sammy you can email her by tapping here.
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