Fa­ther to give daugh­ter a kid­ney

Cape Argus - - News - Them­bela Mgudlwa

ABBUDULAH Parker, 67, will next month do­nate a kid­ney to his youngest daugh­ter, Amina Parker, to help ease the un­bear­able pain she is en­dur­ing.

Un­able to cope, Amina, con­sulted her doc­tor, who per­formed the nec­es­sary tests, con­firm­ing she suf­fered kid­ney fail­ure.

She was di­ag­nosed with stage five re­nal fail­ure a year ago.

The en­er­getic, 24-year-old poured her heart out to the fam­ily, who were there to as­sist her in any way they could.

Amina said it was a dev­as­tat­ing mo­ment for her and her fam­ily as she had no knowl­edge about the dis­ease.

“My fam­ily is my pil­lar of strength and it has been a tough ex­pe­ri­ence for me. I still want to do a lot of things in my life. As I want to fin­ish my mas­ter’s and travel the world, my dad has given me a lot. I am for­ever grate­ful for all.”

Amina never lost hope of find­ing a donor.

After her fam­ily con­sulted the doc­tor and were tested, only her fa­ther was a match.

But he had to lose weight for the pro­ce­dure to be car­ried out.

“When I re­ceived the news that my girl was not well, I was still in shock and dev­as­tated as she was very young. I learnt at the hos­pi­tal that I was a match and I took it with in my heart that I will lose 23kg, be ready for the pro­ce­dure (on Novem­ber 7) to give my daugh­ter a kid­ney.”

Ab­dul­lah, was not go­ing to sit down and let his daugh­ter suf­fer, he started run­ning se­ri­ously with the Itheko run­ning club in or­der to lose weight.

“I have been ex­er­cis­ing and run­ning to lose weight in prepa­ra­tion for surgery. Even after my re­cov­ery I will con­tinue eat­ing healthy and ex­er­cise. As a fa­ther, I am for­ever grate­ful that I can do­nate to her, as some­times you have to wait for years for a donor.

Amina has started a blog, de­tail­ing her jour­ney and rais­ing aware­ness about kid­ney fail­ure.

“I strug­gled to find real-life sto­ries from young­sters when I was di­ag­nosed. The blog helps ev­ery­one who wants to know about what I am go­ing through.”

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