A donor is their only hope: Bloemfontein brothers with chronic kidney failure are in desperate need of a transplant

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Brothers Janco and Johan Hoffman both need dialysis three times a week. (Photo: WILLEM VAN DEN BERG)
Brothers Janco and Johan Hoffman both need dialysis three times a week. (Photo: WILLEM VAN DEN BERG)

She dreams of a family holiday where her boys can run carefree on the beach, where they don’t have to think about the next hospital visit or when they need dialysis. A time when they won’t constantly be worrying about whether a suitable kidney donor will be found in time.

The Hoffman family of Bloemfontein are in a unique and unenviable position: two of their sons, Johan (21) and Janco (12), are waiting for kidney transplants. And their 10-year-old brother, Altus, might be in a similar situation soon.

Tests have shown the boys all have the same two mutations of a specific gene (NPHP3), which causes a rare genetic disorder called nephronophthisis. Altus is still healthy for now – but his parents worry around the clock that he too will develop kidney failure like his brothers.

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