Fam­ily hop­ing for ‘miracle’ donor

Go! & Express - - In King - QHAMANI LINGANI

EAST Lon­doner Mary Marais is des­per­ately seek­ing a kid­ney donor as her con­di­tion has de­te­ri­o­rated to end-stage re­nal dis­ease since be­ing di­ag­nosed in 2015.

She has stage five kid­ney fail­ure, which is end-stage re­nal dis­ease (ESRD) with a glomeru­lar fil­tra­tion rate (GFR) of 15 ml/min or less.

At this ad­vanced stage of kid­ney dis­ease, the kid­neys have lost nearly all their abil­ity to do their job ef­fec­tively, and even­tu­ally dial­y­sis or a kid­ney trans­plant is needed to live.

The 60-year-old goes for dial­y­sis three times a week and to work three times a week be­cause she still needs to pay for med­i­cal aid.

“My kid­neys are so small now, they have shrunk even in size.

“I have to go on dial­y­sis three times a week at four hours a day to con­tinue liv­ing,” Marais said.

“I can still live on dial­y­sis but it puts ev­ery­thing else on hold. It is some­thing I have to live with.

“But if I get a donor, I will get to get on with my life.

“Some­times I look at my grand­son and think, will I ever see him turn 21.

“How­ever, I don’t let this pull me back. On days I feel okay, I get on with my day,” she said.

Her daugh­ter, Laken Marais said due to her con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, her mother ur­gently needed a kid­ney trans­plant be­fore the dial­y­sis could no longer help her.

“She is in an O+ blood type group.

“Un­for­tu­nately none of our im­me­di­ate fam­ily mem­bers are a match and there­fore we plead with the pub­lic to help us,” Laken said.

She said most peo­ple are not aware that they can live with one kid­ney.

Mary’s hus­band, Clive Marais said he was hop­ing for a miracle donor.

“She is such a good per­son.

“She can never say no [to oth­ers].

“Peo­ple who know us will agree with me.

“She has helped so many peo­ple in the past; can we get at least one per­son who can be a miracle to our fam­ily, please. I don’t know what I would do with­out her,” Clive said.

Mary men­tioned that she is still not on the donor list as her med­i­cal aid has not writ­ten an au­tho­ri­sa­tion let­ter to put her on the list.

“They need to send the let­ter so I can be on the list,” she said.

Laken can be reached on 083-975-4668 if you want to as­sist Mary.

Pic­ture: QHAMANI LINGANI

DES­PER­ATE PLEA: Mary Marais needs a kid­ney trans­plant to stay alive

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