My story | Nompilo Dlamini raises R1 million towards a lung transplant and will be heading to India

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Nompilo's prayers to get a lung transplant in India have been answered
Nompilo's prayers to get a lung transplant in India have been answered

When she took to social media to plead for money to help her get a new pair of lungs, she was just putting her faith in the power of people. 

And it paid off. She reached so many people that even celebrities got involved in her fundraising.

Now Nompilo Dlamini can travel to India to get started on the process of getting new lungs after raising R1 million. 

With another R1 million to go, she's excited about possibilities.

At only 26, the eSwatini born Nompilo has been suffering from a life-threatening condition - Cystic Fibrosis which has limited her life.

Now she's hopeful she will actually be able to get the lung transplant she has been longing for. 

Her plea touched the hearts of many, including South African rapper Cassper Nyovest, who personally pledged money and got his friends to donate. 

She has now raised a R1 million which is enough for her to travel to India, get tests done and start with immunosuppresants - medicine that lower the body's ability to reject a transplanted organ.

Read more | Nompilo is in dire need of a lung transplant – 'Cassper’s support makes me feel loved'

Speaking to Drum when she first started the fundraising efforts, she said her Twitter family were one of the main reasons behind her fighting spirit.

“My Twitter family makes me so emotional, and they are the reason I wake up every day and fight for my life, they are my wake up pill.”

After reaching R1 million, she told her followers she cannot contain her excitement.

“I'm going to India finally, we’ve raised R1 million we are short of the other million, in the meantime I'll leave for India to do some tests and take some immune suppressants then wait for the other million. I’m getting my lungs fam. Please keep donating.”

Nompilo has been confined to a hospital bed and says she misses going out with her friends, and taking pictures on the grass.

She is currently in the process of getting her international passport, and a vaccination so she can start booking her flight tickets. 

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