Family Rejoices as Mom Becomes Living Donor to Save Son’s Life

Shaun Phelan (23), an electrical apprentice from Stanger, Kwa-Zulu Natal, learned that his dad, Shaun (Senior), was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure in January 2020.

Just 3 months later, doctors discovered that his kidney function was less than 4%.

Hearing that her son and her husband of over 24 years were facing equally difficult obstacles was extremely difficult for Sharon and her family.


“I watched my diabetic husband, who was always active, go through a bypass, then dialysis, and then he was completely reliant on a wheelchair. Then Shaun got sick, which was a major shock, as he has always been healthy.” – says Sharon.


Sadly, Shaun Senior (55) who was a wonderful and giving person, succumbed to kidney failure on 5 October 2021, as he was ineligible for a kidney transplant due to his health problems.


In the absence of his dad, who he loved dearly, Shaun is determined to defeat his diagnosis and is fully focused on his health. 


Currently, Shaun undergoes dialysis 3 times a week for up to 6 hours.


“Mom is my Miracle”


Facing the reality that Shaun’s only hope of a ‘normal and functioning’ life, is to have a kidney transplant as soon as possible, Sharon dutifully volunteered to get tested, hoping to beat the 50/50 odds of becoming a kidney donor for her son.


Undergoing blood type, crossmatch, and HLA testing (tissue typing), Sharon was elated to learn that she was a perfect match for Shaun.


“I am really happy that I am a match for my son as this means that he can get the transplant sooner and not have to wait for a match to be found. I hope that the transplant is a success so that he can carry on and live his dream and he is not held back as he is at the moment”


Saving Shaun’s Life


With a donor match secured, Shaun is scheduled to undergo his kidney transplant at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital on 23 June 2022.