Donor Story

Kuda's lifesaving stem cells

When I received a letter from the doctors that I was going to be a stem cell donor, I was excited because the process was going to help save my father’s life.

Last updated: 09/09/2021

When I received a letter from the doctors that I was going to be a stem cell donor, I was excited because the process was going to help save my father’s life.

I really was deeply glad to help. As I'd watched this disease take its toll on him. I’d wished I could do more for this man I love so much. Now, I could.

I didn’t know anything about the whole process and I was curious but excited. The process started with blood tests to check for mostly infectious and other diseases. This was then followed by self-injections for 3 days after which I then went to hospital for the donation.

My initial thoughts were that the process was going to complicated, I was going to be taken to theatre and undergo some kind of operation and that there would be side effects in the future.

However, the process wasn’t painful or scary at all, just a little longer than I expected. The whole medical team, led by Erna was very supportive and available for anything that I may needed. The process was over in no time.

I would do it again! Without any hesitation - it’s important to help save a life.

I definitely would recommend anyone to donate, it’s not a difficult process and as long as it saves a life - it is a deed worth doing. You never know, you might possibly need similar help in future.

There is nothing to be afraid of, no pain, no complications it sparing your time.

DKMS Africa plays very pivotal role in society, the registry that they keeps helps to identify donors in the quickest possible time and as such the transplant will be done timeously.

I believe every patient should have an equal opportunity to find a match, regardless of their ethnicity

This is something I am so proud to say I have done. Looking back, I would do it again in a heartbeat.


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