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A KZN teacher proudly donated a kidney to save her son on death. See why she urgently donated

A KZN teacher will give one of her kidneys to her 23-year-old son, who suffers from severe renal failure.

Sharon Phelan stated her husband was diagnosed with chronic renal disease in January 2020, and doctors revealed that her son Sean had only 4% kidney function after only three months.

In October of last year, her spouse developed kidney failure, even though he was ineligible for a kidney transplant due to his health issues.

"I wanted to see if I matched since I knew he was on the transplant list for far too long and I wanted him to have a chance at a healthier life. I also knew that being a member of his family would be a fantastic fit for him "She stated to News24.

Hearing that her son and spouse of more than 24 years are suffering similar challenges has been challenging for the family, according to Phelan.


It was devastating for her to watch her diabetic husband, who had always been active, suffer through a bypass, then dialysis, and finally complete dependency on a wheelchair, she said.

"Then Shaun became ill, which was a huge surprise because he had always been healthy," she continued.

"Shaun is determined to overcome his illness and is completely focused on his health in the absence of his father, whom he adored. He now does dialysis three times a week for up to six hours each time "Phelan stated.

Sharon volunteered to be tested because she was determined to see her son no longer suffer.

She hoped to beat the 50/50 odds of becoming a kidney donor for her son.

Sharon was delighted to find that she was a perfect match for Shaun after undergoing blood type, crossmatch, and tissue testing.

Please follow the link for sources:"Woman who lost her husband to kidney failure to donate kidney to son with similar condition | News24" https://www.news24.com/amp/news24/southafrica/news/woman-who-lost-her-husband-to-kidney-failure-to-donate-kidney-to-son-with-similar-condition-20220514

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