Help Lucas get a kidney transplant

For: Lucas Swart
Cape Town, WC, South Africa
Organizer: Elma Pollard
$12,433
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 136 donors
62% Complete

The Story

At the age of  27 my son Lucas was diagnosed with end stage kidney disease (ESKD). This shocking discovery was made in March 2017. Suddenly my boy’s carefree and successful young life changed completely. Without anyone knowing he was most probably suffering from the “silent disease” for many years. It was given this name as there are almost no signs until it’s too late.

How could this be? My warm-hearted and ambitious, intelligent and loving boy in the prime of his life? Lucas was the life and soul of a big circle of friends, a successful project manager and talented musician. He had been nothing but a blessing to his family. The person everyone relied on to listen, understand, care and know what to do.

Too late the extremely high blood pressure raised the alarm and the kidney test was ordered. Lucas had seen two doctors before, but nobody suspected this disease at such an early age. Did he hurt his kidneys during that diving accident? Was this hereditary? Where does it come from? Surely there’s a mistake here.

Lucas was rushed to intensive care, then came the second shock: He had no medical insurance. We had to take him to a state hospital to join a renal programme. With thousands on the waiting list he was lucky to be accepted – his age counting in his favour. He stayed there for a month, settling into a new routine of draining his body fluids via a port in his stomach four times a day.

During shock the truth lands slowly. I fought against it for months, hoping for another way out. What about his future?
Slowly acceptance arrived. This is his new life. Until he gets a new kidney from somewhere. In South Africa, where we are, only a tiny percentage of people on the list for cadaveric kidneys ever get one – there are simply not enough available. Most perish before they are helped. The waiting list is years. As year on year more patients fall ill to this silent killer, less people donate their organs after death. And rejection is a huge risk.

Thank heavens Lucas and I share the same blood group. O+. As he has 50% of my DNA I am the most likely compatible donor of a live kidney. It would be such an honour to help him get his life back.

I had my creatinine levels tested and my kidneys are good. As an environmental and health activist I have every hope that my conscious lifestyle and good health can now help save my son’s life.

Of course I am deeply focused on the causes of such a calamity and the reasons from this escalating disease world-wide. This has been our field of study since he fell ill. Once we have managed to secure a kidney for Lucas our family is determined to bring together and share the latest knowledge via a Kidney Education Campaign so that people can be protected from this terrible fate.

Early detection could make a huge difference and take the load off the state. Most people simply don’t know what to look out for and how to do early testing. Neither did we have any idea.

If you feel moved to help Lucas we will keep you updated on the progress as the funds arrive and we start the testing procedures. Should I not be accepted as live donor, then we will test other family members and some friends who have offered. We can also source and swap a compatible kidney with another family in the same position.
We are determined to turn this challenge into a gift for Lucas and the world. Please join us in our campaign to save Lucas.

We need to raise 35,000 Dollars (R500,000) for a live kidney transplant for Lucas. This is his only chance at survival.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 30, 2018

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Posted on January 30, 2018

Lucas is now settled into the nocturnal dialysis programme at the Vincent Palotti hospital in Cape Town, where does haemodialysis for 8 hours three nights a week. Luckily it is not painful and he is able to sleep through most of it. This leaves his weekends open to explore. This Saturday he spent the day at Theewaterskloof taking photographs of the almost empty dam - a surreal sight to see. Thank you for making it possible for him to spend whole days doing fun things again, without having to constantly be watching the clock for dialysis four times a day. This is a definite improvement to the quality of his life and we trust it will reduce the toxin levels and help him feel much better soon.

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warm wishes

Elma (mother)


Posted on January 14, 2018

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Posted on January 14, 2018

Dear contributor

Happy 2018. This is a big year for us, as Lucas will be helped with a new kidney. 

He’s had a bit of rest, some time in the sun and even swam a bit. Not easy if you need to keep a catheter wound dry. It is very hot in Cape Town and we truly need water for survival. 

I have had more tests done so we are eagerly awaiting the results. So far so good and we are hopeful that I will pass all tests and will be a good donor. 

Thanks to all your support we will now start seeing a private nephrologist next week. We trust he will help Lucas feel more comfortable. It has been a trying time for him with the chronic physical discomfort, fatigue and insomnia caused by his illness. 

We have to keep the spirits up to get through another 5 months until the kidney transplant, which we hope will happen in May. 

Thank you again for your support and continued prayers. 

Please kindly forward our fundraiser on to your friends: https://www.youcaring.com/lucasswart-1018804   

Warm regards

Elma Pollard (mother)  


Posted on December 18, 2017

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Posted on December 18, 2017

dear supporter

We have had great news. The tissue typing test came out negative – which is good. That means Lucas’ tissues did not reject mine, so we are a match. Yay, great relief. That means I may be a good donor, as long as all my organs are 100% so I am fit for major surgery. Early 2018 we will undergo about 10 more tests each. I trust we will sail through this. Should any problems be discovered we need to start afresh with another possible donor. Thank you for making these costly tests possible. Thank you also to Lancet laboratories for sponsoring  the blood tests. 

May you have a blessed festive season and enjoy spending time with your precious family.  

warm wishes and gratitude

Elma Pollard

mother of Lucas Swart 

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