Organ donor saves four lives in 18 hours

A team of doctors, consisting of surgeons from Cape Town , Johannesburg and East London , saved the lives of four people across the country within a space of 18 hours.

CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson spoke to Dr David Thomson from Groote Schuur, who headed up the operation, to find out how they managed to perform such a miracle.

According to Thomson, they harvested multi organs from the donor patient who had sustained head injuries and had been declared brain dead. The organs - a heart, liver and two kidneys - were taken to Groote Schuur Hospital where transplants were then done.

Thomson says the staff at East London and Groote Schuur made sure everything was ready for the operations and organised the logistics of getting the patients to the hospitals in time for the transplants.

It all worked out in the end and everyone pulled their weight

Dr David Thomson from Groote Schuur

The four patients who came to Cape Town are all doing very well. the two Kidney recipients and the liver and heart recipients are out of ICU and they will all be going home some time next week...

Dr David Thomson from Groote Schuur

One of the kidney recipients has been waiting nine years for a transplant, say Thomson.

Listen to the full conversation below:

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