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SA mom donates kidney to daughter then suffers kidney issues herself

Briefly logo Briefly 2019-05-05 Desere Davis
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In 2017, a South African mom donated her kidney to her 15-year-old daughter to save her life. It's a sacrifice that most moms would make. Now the mom risks kidney failure herself as her kidney isn't functioning as it should.

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It came as a shock to Lisa Steenberg - she is at risk of suffering kidney failure, less than 2 years after donating a kidney to her daughter.

Lisa donated her kidney to 15-year-old Larochelle in 2017 after they've been waiting for 2 years for a donor to finally show up.

Larochelle was diagnosed with severe kidney failure when she was 13-years-old, according to News24.

At the time of the transplant, Larochelle only had 5% kidney function, and Lisa did what she felt was necessary.

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Now, Lisa's kidney isn't functioning as it should, and it's possible she has kidney disease.

"I started feeling sick a few months ago. During blood tests my blood pressure was very high. I immediately knew something was wrong."

Briefly.co.za gathered that further tests are needed to learn what's wrong.

Lisa Steenberg and her daughter are going through a difficult time once again. (Image Source: Facebook)

Source: Facebook

Larochelle is supporting her mom as best she can during this time.

"Larochelle is doing very well. She's a healthy teenager and is trying to help and support me where she can."

Lisa will have more tests done on 29 May to find out how healthy her kidney is.

Life certainly isn't fair at all.

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