An Abbotsford mother is praising a new national organ sharing program known as the Highly Sensitized Patient program for helping her return to a normal life, after 14 years on dialysis waiting for a kidney transplant.
Sheila Naicker, considered a hard-to-match patient, was forced to wait 14 years for a successful kidney transplant, because the donor had to come from BC.
Now, thanks to a new national program spearheaded by the Canadian Blood Services along with the provincial and territorial governments, she has her life back.
“I am just going to say I am so blessed to finally find a match, my kidney is working great, my life has changed, and I have so much freedom now.”
“My life is changed. Being on dialysis for fourteen years, it is a total blessing that I have found a kidney from out of province, and within a month of being put on it.”
BC Transplant says more than 100 recipients have benefited from the program in the past year, including 12 from BC.
Dr. David Landsberg with BC Transplant says many people are surprised there wasn’t a national program earlier.
“Everybody I talk does and everybody in transplant talk to are equally surprised. You know it has to do with the way health care is delivered in Canada; health care is a provincial matter.”