There are currently over 3,300 patients in need of a transplant in the country, which despite the high cost of procedures and medicines, is provided free of charge by the state.
Niurka Pérez Ginoris has had to overcome many difficulties during her career as a primary school teacher, but none as great as that which threatened the life of her pregnant daughter, Lisandra Linares, after she developed a potentially fatal kidney condition.
The solution: a mother to daughter kidney transplant which was performed on April 18 at the Arnaldo Milián Castro Hospital, and marked the resumption of living donor transplants, a procedure which hadn’t been performed in the central province of Villa Clara, for around four years.
It all began when Lisandra started to show abnormal signs of swelling during her pregnancy. After visiting the doctor she was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome and lupus, conditions which would require immediate attention in order to save both mother and child.
“Imagine, I ended up weighing more than 200 pounds due to the liquid my body was retaining, my whole life turned into an ordeal,” states the 23 year-old.