The 12th January 2012 will forever be etched in the minds of Durban teenager and Glenwood High School pupil Kyle Skidmore and his family. For it was on this day that he received a second chance on life, undergoing a Stem Cell transplant.
Kyle was originally diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) in 2005. In 2010 he was told he had developed Aplastic Anaemia and in 2011 told he had Fanconi Anaemia. His condition deteriorated rapidly in 2011 and he was dependant on regular Blood and Platelet transfusions. His only hope was a Stem Cell transplant. Fortunately for Kyle a perfect match was found in Germany. Kyle was admitted to the UCT private academic hospital on 29th December 2011 to begin his life saving transplant.
Unfortunately, Kyle’s road to recovery post-transplant was not smooth sailing. Complications throughout this period presented the Medical team with some serious challenges. Pneumonia and Lymphoma were some of the more serious complications he had during his stay in Cape Town which included not being able to walk due to all the medication and complications. This amazingly brave and resilient young man used all his strength and determination to pull through.
On the 21st June 2012 Kyle was finally discharged and allowed to go home to Durban. During the time in Cape Town, Kyle and his family met so many wonderful people all with very similar conditions. It is only in such times that one is hit with the severity of the various Blood disorders prevalent today. There a so many people out there undergoing and or needing a gift of life through a Stem Cell transplant. As a result Kyle would really like to make an appeal for Stem Cell Donors. Kyle was one of the few fortunate ones in that he was able to find a suitable matching donor from Germany rather quickly. However searching the international registry and the harvesting of stem cells can be an expensive procedure as Medical Aids do not cover this procedure. Finding a suitable donor match internationally is often not a feasible option for many South Africans.
For Kyle Skidmore his Stem cell donor in Germany, gave him the gift of life for which he and his family will forever be eternally grateful.
We will forever be grateful to Professor Novitsky and his team in Cape Town, for their knowledge, dedication and expertise and Dr Singh, Kyle’s Clinical Haematologist, who is still taking care of his post-transplant needs.
To all those who made donations, participated in our fundraising campaign and sponsored various items, there are just too many to mention in such a short article, we are very thankful for your assistance and support.
A very special thanks to all at Glenwood High School – magnificent support, from an exceptional school.
The South African Bone Marrow Registry does a wonderful job with the support of The Sunflower Fund. They need you to assist them to give someone the hope of life.