In celebration of National Women’s Day, we spent time with Sr Lee-Ann Booysen, a donor coordinator at Vitanova, to learn more about her and her work.
During August we celebrate Women's Day and it is also National Organ Donor Awareness Month in South Africa. We are proud to showcase some of the exceptional women who make organ and tissue donation their life's work. Your contributions are valued and we salute you!
We talk to Sonja Nel, a courageous mom who 'paid it forward' by saying yes to tissue donation. She tells us about her amazing son Werner and the ultimate gift he gave.
The Orgamites, is a global education programme that introduces the subject of organ and tissue donation to children in an age-appropriate way. Its animated characters — a team of life-saving organs and tissue — help children and their families learn about and appreciate the roles of organs, and explain what organ and tissue donation is all about. They also introduce the concepts of kindness and caring for ourselves, our communities, and the planet.
Organ and tissue donation needs EVERYONE. Young and old. Men and women. Tall and short. It does not matter who you are, where you're from and what you do. As long as you believe in making a difference in your own life and the lives of those around you. In being an everyday hero. Your decision to register can change lives forever.
Emma van den Bergh tells us how she became a living donor when she donated bone after surgery.
Damaged corneas cause sight disturbances and in extreme cases blindness. For any patients, a cornea transplant is the only way to restore their sight and with it, their quality of life. A simple thing – like protecting your eyes from harsh sunlight – will ensure that you don’t suffer corneal damage which will affect you eye health.
Thyneeca was diagnosed with an eye condition 2021. The illness causes the cornea of the eye to thin and gradually grow outwards into a cone shape. The altered shape of the cornea creates blurred vision and eventually leads to blindness, which can only be reversed by a cornea transplant.