Thanking the community FOR AIDAN’S LIFE

2019-03-27 06:02
Aidan in hospital two weeks ago. PHOTO: supplied

Aidan in hospital two weeks ago. PHOTO: supplied

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IT is seven and a half months since his liver transplant and Aidan Maddox is now living the life that all 15-year-olds do, worrying about school work and friends rather than a life-threatening disease.

Diagnosed with biliary atresia at an early age, Aidan suffered from liver damage and as a result his body functions experienced serious complications.

Various campaigns to raise funds for Aidan to receive the treatment and care that he needed were organised and the money needed for the operation was raised.

Since then, according to his mother Carmen, Aidan has had his ups and downs but is now in a much better space.

“His road to recovery has been up and down. He has been in and out of hospital for infections, for drains to be inserted in the liver to open bile ducts that were collapsing and he had to be on a course of antibiotics for two weeks at a time through a drip to clear up the infections.

He has lost weight and gained it back and lost it again. His anti-rejection medication that he was initially put on also started disagreeing with his body and he started losing white blood cells and became anaemic as well. He has since changed medication and it seems to be working,” said Carmen.

Now back at school, Aidan is in Grade 9 and has been coping relatively well with school life with the help of the staff and pupils at Carter High School.

“He is doing great right now and going on with life like a typical 15-year-old. Enjoying his friends and being able to socialise. We have had such great support from Carter, the principal and staff. In February, Aidan received the Munro Shield from Carter for overcoming obstacles in his life and continuing his journey as a transplant survivor,” said Carmen.

Thanking the community for their efforts, Carmen said that every effort from everyone who helped has made their lives so much easier, especially with the financial support they received.

“We were able to get to and from Johannesburg at the drop of a hat when Aidan needed to get to the hospital.

We were able to have accommodation close to the hospital. The community has shown us what true unity can do when we stand together for a worthy cause. They have also been a support system for us by praying, and checking in on Aidan and us as a family. We could not have gone through this without their love and support,” said Carmen.

Carmen said that they are now taking life one day at a time, feeling blessed and grateful for the gift of life that Aidan received from his organ donor.

“We know he would not have had a second chance had the donor’s family not agreed to donate their loved one’s organs. We would still like to encourage everyone to consider making this decision to become an organ donor and help save seven lives, so their legacy will live on. Registration is free and can be done online at www.odf.org.za” urged Carmen.

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