IPAH patient ready for vital assessment

2018-01-18 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedIPAH patient Marilyn Rampersad.

PHOTO: SuppliedIPAH patient Marilyn Rampersad.

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PORT Shepstone resident Marilyn Rampersad, who has pulmonary hypertension esinmenger syndrome, and a large atrial septal defect (ASD), says she is confident as she prepares for an assessment for a heart transplant by Cape Town doctor, Dr Greg Symon - head pulmonologist at Groote Schuur Hospital.

Rampersad said she was granted the opportunity for the assessment after her friend, Razelle Shulman, who lives in Cape Town, also a PH patient, suggested she write a letter asking for assistance in getting a transplant.

Rampersad wrote last year telling the doctors of her condition, and received a call from Dr Symon who offered her an appointment for assessment on January 18.

She said with her faith and trust in Jehovah God, she believes and knows that no matter what comes her way she will find her way back to being her true self.

“I have finally reached the stage where I know I will be listed for a heart and bilateral lung transplant. Now my journey is for survival in the truest sense of the word.

“I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend and a survivor. Sometimes I just need to remind myself who I am.

“We will relocate after this month of tests and work up for the transplant. At this stage it’s just me and my husband going to Cape Town. After the assessment is done everything, including the relocation with my two boys, will be determined,” she said.

Rampersad thanks South Coast Fever and the community of Port Shepstone and surrounds for assisting and sharing her journey with the community.

“I want to thank the community for their financial and moral support during this time - my family and especially my kids - for making this appointment at Groote Schuur Hospital a possibility.

“I also give a special thanks to the Marilyn Medical Fund executive committee and appreciate all they have done for me, their generosity has given me new hope,” she said.

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