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Meet Iva

Iva Langa was 6 years old when he started complaining of a bad headache. His mother, Noluvuyo, was concerned and decided to take him to their local clinic. At the Clinic, clinicians advised that Iva’s little body was infected with worms and prescribed worm medication to make him feel better. A few days later, his mom noticed that his face and stomach were starting to swell. She immediately rushed him to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, where they told him that it was his kidney, and that he was in need of a kidney transplant. This news truly shocked his family as little Iva was misdiagnosed and now had to embark on a very long medical journey. 

Iva’s dad decided to donate one of his kidneys to his little boy. Unfortunately, the doctors informed his dad that it would not be possible for him to undergo surgery as he was too overweight, but this did not deter him from saving his son’s life. Iva’s dad took this as a challenge and lost 11kgs, making it possible for him to be the perfect candidate for the surgery. His dad’s surgery took place at Groote Schuur Hospital, where doctors removed the kidney for Iva. On 15 January 2014, Iva had his Kidney transplant at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and only spent two weeks in hospital before returning home. 

Iva’s and his parents are very happy and thankful to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital and its doctors for saving their son’s life. “All of the doctors are wonderful, and did a great job; I don’t even know how to thank them for everything they have done for my son.” – Noluvuyo

Iva had to return to the Hospital to have a stent placed in his kidney to enable his kidney to drain and eliminate any blockages. This had to be done as his dad’s ureter was too short. After a successful transplant and follow-up procedure, Iva will have to visit the Hospital regularly to ensure that his progress is going well.



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