Understanding Donation

One family’s experience with both sides

One family's experience with both sides of the incredible process that is Organ & Tissue donation. Two stories that started out as one, are now tightly interwoven with the same golden thread of hope. We share both stories together, to encapsulate the close...

Zodwa Maseko

Zodwa MasekoCornea RecipientBack when Zodwa Maseko was a young girl in Grade II, she was diagnosed with short-sightedness (or myopia) and spectacles were prescribed. Zodwa really didn't enjoy the fact that she had to wear spectacles, and was secretly delighted when...

Desré Jenkinson

Desré Jenkinson Cornea RecipientDesré Jenkinson, originally from Queenstown, and now Johannesburg based, is a multiple cornea recipient. Throughout her life (since her teens) she has worn glasses or contact lenses. It was during one of her regular eye visits in April...

Yvonne Milan

Yvonne MilanBone RecipientDurban-based Yvonne Milan was diagnosed with osteoblastic osteosarcoma in her right tibia, in the January of 2010. She consulted doctor after doctor, several in fact, but medical opinions concurred; Yvonne would need to have her leg...

Rosina Mentoor

Rosina MentoorCornea RecipientBack in 2008 when Rosina Mentoor was a young girl in Grade 4, she was diagnosed with Glaucoma in both eyes. At that point in time her right eye was the strongest, and she was fortunate enough to receive a cornea transplant on 28.07.08....

Nelmari De Beer

Nelmari De Beer Bone Tissue Recipient For two years Nelmari de Beer (24) suffered constant pain and a series of misdiagnoses. The attractive blonde woman explains how in 2014 her misery began with her experiencing a severe pain in her left side. Initially she was...

Siblings Mark Hendra and Tanya Bothma share their organ and tissue donation journey

Transplant News, August 2018

We first came into contact with Tanya Bothma, a petite blonde, while gathering information for the tissue donor story on her brother, Centurion-based…