Living with Kidney Disease

Kidney disease can affect children in various ways, ranging from treatable disorders without long-term consequences to life-threatening conditions therefore it is crucial that to encourage and facilitate education, early detection and a healthy life style in children, starting at birth and continuing through to old age it was revealed on World Kidney day.

Early detection was regarded as crucial to combat the increase of preventable kidney damage including acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease and to treat children with inborn and acquired disorders of the kidney.

Giving a testimony, Kidney transplant patient Nthabiseng Mooketsi said this year more focus is on children and chronic kidney disease, adding that she is most thankful and happy as a young, recipient and post-transplant patient.

She explained that she was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2012 at the age of 21. "It is never easy to be told that you are sick or you have chronic kidney failure. I was on Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) treatment for almost two years and it was effective," she added.

Mooketsi noted that just like any other treatment, PD is sensitive; all you need to do is know what PD is, understand how it works and do what you are told to do, without doing that you are creating problems for yourself.

"PD needs care and cleanliness. If you are told to wash hands 10 times you have to do so because if you don't then you are creating a problem for yourself because the infection is very painful and when you take short cuts, it doesn't work," she said.

She said that she then switched to Haemodialysis (HD) which was also effective before going for transplant. "My Aunt decided to donate one of her kidneys to me and I went to India for a transplant."

"Life after transplant is awesome, I feel blessed, new, young and I have my life back on track. To all patients, guardians, brothers and sisters I urge you to have a helping hand. Do not fear, try to put yourself on that patient and child's shoes, save life, donate and stay blessed," Mooketsi said.

Mooketsi said that the large world of sickness pop all around us but sometimes what seems like a seemingly hopeless situation is no longer possible but is favourable for our God is faithful, was faithful and will always be faithful.

"His power is more powerful in weakness because only he can change a mess into a message, a trial into a tram and a victim into a victory. Let's all be gallant, gracious, great and grateful," concluded Mooketsi.

Meanwhile, according to Beauty Lekone, grandmother to a 13 year old Ezekiel Lekone, a Kidney HD patient, it started when he was 6 years old when she realised that he was always tired when he came from playing the thing that led her to take him to the clinic and when his tiredness continued they took him to a private doctor who referred them to PMH where they discovered that Ezekiel was born with only one kidney.

She said in 2015 Ezekiel started vomiting uncontrollably and that is when the doctors realised that the one kidney is also having some problems as it wasn't fully developed.

Lekone stressed that in order for parents to detect the disease they should start by knowing their children so that they should be able to tell if there is anything wrong with them.

She advised youth to refrain from indulging in risky behaviours that can put their health at risk of getting kidney diseases.


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