9 March 2018 – Transplant – Workup Started

On the 15th of February all the doctors on the kidney board had their monthly meeting where they present the upcoming transplant cases and discuss the difficulty involved ect ect…

My case was presented for the second time because I had this issue where I had cancer in one of my old kidneys… the kidney was removed in September 2016 but because of that it disqualified me to get another transplant for the next 2 to 5 years! So I was basically stuffed…

But coz I’m married to a beast! a unstoppable force of nature… Ruth kept working and pushing… researched and studied everything possible about how to circumvent this situation! Because I was getting sicker and was not going to make 2 to 5 years without a transplant… So my sister stepped up and is donating one of her kidneys to me and because she is a sibling in the meeting they discussed the match up… They decided that a transplant is viable!

The reason I could not get another transplant previously for so long is because if I got a transplant from anyone else they would have had to increase my anti-rejection medication and that would have possibly brought back cancer…. But with my sister my medication would not have to be changed and the there would be no bigger risk doing a transplant now or in the future! God is great!

So what now?

On Tuesday we are driving down to East London, then together with my sister we need to have blood drawn at Pathcare then have it flown to Cape Town to have a cross match done to see how close we are a match…. We need to pay for it ourselves because Discovery have decided that they need to see the results of the Cross Match between doner and recipient because they approve the workup for a kidney transplant between myself and my sister. After that then the whole workup with be covered.

So first we need to do tons and tons of paperwork!!! So after the workup is approved (in the next 2 or 3 weeks) then myself and my sister will have all the scans done (x-ray, scopes, sonar ect) done in each of our towns (me in PE and my sister in East London)… then we will drive up to Cape Town to see our separate doctors in Cape Town…

But as things develop and happen I will update this site with things we do, up until the transplant… hopefully this time we can video the transplant again!! lol…

“Never give UP! Never give IN!”

Roy Butterton

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