Lead SA hero Jenna Lowe has passed away

Jenna Lowe was posthumously awarded the regional Youth Hero award at a ceremony in Cape Town on 1 August 2015. The award was accepted by her mother Gabi Lowe.

This is an update to an earlier article on Jenna Lowe. She died on 8 June following complications arising from pulmonary arterial hypertension and the challenges of having had an organ transplant.

The search for a suitable donor resulted in a campaign to get more organ donors registered and by 9 June just under 5 000 had done so.

Pippa Hudson paid tribute to her in the audio below.

CapeTalk's John Maytham pays tribute to Jenna Lowe:

In 2012, when Jenna Louw was 17, she was diagnosed with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, an extremely rare and severely life threatening lung disease. By the age of 19 it became clear that she needed a lung transplant if she was going to make it to her 21st birthday.

To improve her chances of finding a donor she launched the “Get Me to 21” campaign. She created a website and posted a video to YouTube in which she asked everyone who watched to become an organ donor. In return Jenna invited all donors to her 21st birthday, if she made it.

Click on play below to watch “You are invited to Jenna’s 21st Birthday Party” on YouTube:

She found a donor and had the operation in December 2014. The operation was a success but the risk of complications meant she had to remain in hospital for months after the operation.

Jenna Louw was the LeadSA Western Cape youth leader for October 2014. Click here to learn more.

Click on play to listen to CapeTalk presenter Kieno Kammies talk to Brent Lindique, the man who nominated Jenna for the Lead SA award, about the great news.

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