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True love story: Zambian man donates part of his liver to wife

 

IMAGINE waking up one day to the news that your spouse needs an organ transplant! What would run through your mind?

This is the predicament that Haswell Kalinda found himself when his wife, Saboi Mundia, learnt that she needed a new liver.

Saboi suffered ill-health following liver failure and was facing death.

But Haswell offered part of his own liver to save his wife’s life.

Both Haswell and Saboi travelled to India last month to undergo the operation. The couple is still recovering in India.

According to the American Transplant Foundation, a liver transplant is a surgical procedure done in some patients with liver failure to replace their diseased liver with a healthy one.

 

When a patient receives a liver transplant, his or her entire liver is removed. It is then replaced by a portion of the donor’s healthy liver.

The donor and the recipient are placed in side-by-side operating rooms during surgery.

 

A surgeon removes a part of the donor’s liver, typically the right half.

 

This donated segment of the liver is then immediately placed in the recipient in the next operating room.

According to the foundation, the remaining part of the donor’s liver regenerates itself and is sufficient to maintain normal body functions.

 

The recipient also receives a large enough segment of the donor liver to maintain body functions.

During approximately the next two months, the remaining and transplanted parts of the donor liver grow to normal size, providing normal long-term liver function for the donor and the recipient, and restoring normal liver functions to both.

Saboi, now recuperating together with her husband, writes that the experience had given her a greater appreciation of God and life.

“It is amazing how God has revealed to me and my family how He works out things for our good. Sometimes we get so hurt by the way things are happening even when we pray so hard, but God already has it figured out, even if we don’t understand and it is just wonderful when in the end you realise how God was working things out for you. Therefore, I want to say to you ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight’ Proverbs 3:5 and 6,” Saboi wrote.

She also expressed gratitude at the support she and Haswell had been receiving during the period of their recovery.

“Both me and Haswell are recovering well, I am still in India and hope to be reunited with my family pretty soon. My family and I have received so much support from so many people, including my mother who has sacrificed so much for me and I don’t know what I would ever do without her. My amazing transplant team at Max Super Speciality Hospital headed by Dr Subash Gupta, family and friends, friends of friends and relatives, my wonderful in-laws, my church family at Chainama SDA church and other churches, my workmates at CEC Liquid Telecoms and various people I have never even met. Thank you for your fasting and prayers, (please continue praying), financial contributions, words of comfort and encouragement and visits. My healing process is ongoing for a while and I continue to ask for your continued prayers. For you all, I am grateful and pray for God to bless each one of you according to your needs.”

Inevitably, she reserves her most heartfelt appreciation and prayers for her husband.

“Haswell Kalinda, I have been trying to find the right words to show how grateful I am for you my dearest husband but I realise no words could ever put into context what your gift means to me. I don’t know what I did to deserve you my love, all I can say is that I’m truly blessed. You have always loved me unconditionally and you are proud to show your love for me to the world. It has been a very bumpy road but you’ve stuck by my side, loving me, praying for me, making me laugh, encouraging me, making me feel beautiful even when I don’t feel that way. You have supported me in every way possible. I would like the world to know that you are a wonderful man and I will always love you with all of me. Thank you for being an example to our kids and everybody else of what true love really is,” writes Saboi.

“It’s amazing to feel how much our love for each other can still continue to grow after all these years and to such a deeper level. I pray for the favour of God to rest upon you, I pray for your good health and prosperity in all you do. I pray for your continued growth in God’s grace, knowledge and wisdom. ‘A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed’. Proverbs 11:25. God bless.”

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