Interesting facts:

  • South Africa has two liver transplant centers, one in Cape Town at the Groote Schuur hospital and the other at the WITS Donald Gordan Medical Centre in Johannesburg (DGMC).
  • The program started at the DGMC in 2004.
  • Between 2004 and 2016 a total of 297 deceased donor liver transplants were performed.
  • Two thirds of these patients were male with an average age of 51 years
  • The commonest underlying pathology was primary sclerosing cholangitis.
  • 71% of patients have a five year survival post transplant.
  • DGMC is the only unit in Southern Africa performing living donor liver transplantation
  • Between 2013 and 2018 a total of 65 living donor transplants were performed at the DGMC
  • In October of 2018, the first transplant in the world involving an HIV positive living donor to HIV negative baby was performed. With this, an HIV positive mum was able to save her HIV negative baby
  • Pathcare (Vermaak) services the laboratory requirements of the DGMC transplant unit, including Microbiology, Hematology, Clinical Chemistry and Histology
  • Gordon Bridewell from the UK is the longest transplant survivor in the world – he has had his transplanted liver for nearly 45 years!



  2. SAMJ November 2018, Vol. 108, No. 11