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Dear friend

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 6, 2010
  • 10:32 AM

My friend past away on friday morning 4 June. She had cirhossis of the liver, the cause was alcohol the doctors ascertained. She was only 27 years old which had made it so traumatic, most people only get diagnosed much later in life. Within 6 months from her first hospitalization she had past away. The worst part was that she didn't have a medical aid anymore as she couldn't aford it due to being retrenched just before she got sick. She leaves behind 2 small children. The last 3 months of her life was painfull, her abdomen was swolen like she was 9 months pregnant, she moved with difficulty and could bearly eat anything. She used to get a drip just to help get something in her body. She picked up an infection in her lung and 10 days later she passed away at her dads house in her sleep. The specialist concluded that the only way for her to survive was with a liver transplant, but that she didn't qualify to be put on the list due to the cause being alcohol abuse and that it was self inflicted. South africa only does 100 liver transplants a year and you need to go on one national list. Finding yourself in a position with no medical aid is very sad, and if you have life threatening condision it is impossible to get proper medical care, one day in ICU accumulates to R6000-R10,000. She was put in a goverment hospital, where they eventually took her home as no one was taking care of her in the hospital, there was no difference between staying at home and there. I believe that she might have had a chance if she acted the first time she was diagnosed, by following a strick dieet, using the right combination medicine and nutrients and managing the acites and was hospitalized in private care facility where they could monitor the progression of the cirrhosis. She only stopped drinking 2 months after she found out she was sick and even smoked till the end. Its devastasting for the people left behind, the anger and the regret for not helping enough just makes it so much more worse.

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