Woman gets new kid­ney on her birth­day

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LISA du Plessis could not have re­ceived a bet­ter birth­day gift.

She re­ceived a donor kid­ney from her sis­ter-in-law, Sharon Lloyd.

Du Plessis spent her 42nd birth­day at the Net­care Chris­ti­aan Barnard Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day, af­ter un­der­go­ing her trans­plant on Thurs­day.

Du Plessis was di­ag­nosed with re­nal fail­ure as a re­sult of high blood pres­sure in 2006.

She un­der­went re­nal dial­y­sis un­til last Novem­ber, when doc­tors ad­vised her to be­gin the trans­plant process.

“I feel grate­ful and blessed to have Sharon,” Du Plessis said yes­ter­day. “As soon as she found out I needed a kid­ney she im­me­di­ately of­fered to do­nate hers if it was a match.”

The nec­es­sary tests were done, and both were a bit shocked to dis­cover they were in fact a match.

“We are two com­pletely dif­fer­ent in­di­vid­u­als who aren’t even blood-re­lated, but we were com­pat­i­ble. It had to be fate,” she said.

Lloyd, who was flown down from her home in Nel­spruit, said she had no reser­va­tions about do­nat­ing one of her kid­neys to her sis­ter-in-law.

Lloyd said her two daugh­ters stood by her de­ci­sion.

Du Plessis’s hus­band, Fran­cois, said he was ec­static the surgery had been a suc­cess.

“It re­ally is amaz­ing what a dif­fer­ence or­gan do­na­tion can make.”

PIC­TURE: TRACEY ADAMS

HAPPY DAY: Trans­plant pa­tient Lisa du Plessis cel­e­brates re­ceiv­ing a kid­ney, do­nated by her sis­ter-in-law Sharon Lloyd, right, on her 42nd birth­day. Du Plessis’s hus­band, Fran­cois, looks on.

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