Brother arrives from Swaziland to give Muzi, 10, kidney
IT WASN’T quite orange but the remote-controlled car was exactly what Muzi Sifundza wanted for his 10th birthday.
It wasn’t the only gift the Swazi youngster received this week – his 26-year-old brother is a blood match and will give him one of his kidneys.
Muzi has chronic renal failure and has been living at Marang House, in Joburg, which provides medical care in a non-institutional environment for seriously ill children, for the past three years while Swazi government officials dragged their feet in approving the funds for a transplant.
“I’m very happy. I haven’t seen my brother in a long time. He is going to give me a kidney,” Muzi said.
His mother Sophie and brother Joseph arrived on Wednesday, just in time for his birthday celebrations.
Joseph told Pieter Ernst, executive director of Marang House: “I am giving my brother a kidney. I don’t want a fuss. This is not about me.”
Just two weeks ago, Muzi and his mother were in the pits of depression after doctors told them she was not a match and couldn’t donate a kidney.
Yesterday, however, Sophie smiled at her son, as he took his new red remote-controlled pick-up for a spin. “I am so grateful,” said Sophie. Last week, Marang House was contacted by two people, a South African and a Swazi, who offered the boy a kidney, but the South African health department was reluctant as the procedures could take months.
But there’s no need to consider this option – Joseph will be his brother’s donor. The operation will probably be done soon but Muzi will still have to receive dialysis every day until the operation date.
Ernst said of Muzi, who has been living for free at Marang house: “It’s been a long road. But there’s hope now. We are all just so relieved. Muzi is a different boy. He’s happier – naughty – but happier.”
Although it was his birthday on Wednesday, Muzi still had to go for dialysis. Then doctors discovered that the dialysis line to his kidneys was infected. Doctors had warned if that happened Muzi could certainly die.
However, doctors were able to treat the infection and the dialysis went ahead, even though it exhausted him.
And when he got to the car afterwards, a big surprise lifted his spirits – his mother and brother were there. They had travelled from Swaziland.
“It was a surprise. I’m so happy they are here,” he said.