The Lifepod

A specialised donor ICU that will double Tygerberg’s transplant rate and save up to 100 lives every year.

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The Problem

At Tygerberg Hospital, we’re losing up to 100 organs (potential lives saved) each year due to our lack of a formalised transplant facility. That means there’ll be at least two potential kidneys buried this week instead of being given to those who need them most.
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The Solution

The "Life Pod". This is a specialised donor ICU ensuring organs are secured for 24 hours before surgery, preventing needless loss. Positioned strategically and backed by medical professionals, this initiative is set to transform the landscape of organ transplants.

Our progress

✔️ Room secured
✔️ Staffing requirements met
✔️ Partnered with the Health Foundation to double donations
⭕️ Raise R400k for equipment

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Tri for Life initiative

Our team of students (Henri, Jonty, Alex and Gerhard) will be doing the Nelson Mandela Bay Ironman 70.3 on 21 April 2024 to help raise the R400k needed to install this Lifepod, and they need your help!
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How you can help

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Donate

Please select your brick(s) below to help us build the Lifepod. The Health Foundation has agreed to double your donation, so every rand will go twice as far!
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Wall of Honour

Life changing impact

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Platinum

Donation value: >R20k
What we receive: >R40k
Where this goes: ICU bed & Ventilator

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Gold

Donation value: >R15k
What we receive: >R30k
Where this goes: Ventilator

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Silver

Donation value: >R10k
What we receive: >R20k
Where this goes: ICU monitors

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Bronze

Donation value: >R5k
What we receive: >R10k
Where this goes: Suction & Oxygen lines

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Blue

Donation value: R20k What we receive: R40k Where this goes: ICU bed

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Prof. Elmin Steyn

Transplant and Trauma Surgeon, Dean of Surgery (2013-2023)
“With this new Lifepod system, we can expect to double Tygerberg's posthumous transplant rate, and give hope to the thousands awaiting life-saving transplants.’”
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Tanya Bothma

Double-lung transplant recipient
“My life was saved, by someone like you. Please support this fantastic initiative to help others like me to get a second chance at life. If you can't get a miracle, then be a miracle.”
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Prof. Andre Van Der Merwe

Head of Transplant Surgery and Urology at Tygerberg Hospital
“This 'Lifepod represents a major advancement in our fight to save lives through organ donation. It's remarkable to witness the next generation of medical professionals lead such a vital project with passion and determination.’”
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Mandisiwe Mandla

Dialysis patient at Tygerberg Hospital, waiting for a kidney
“I've been waiting for a kidney for 8 years, and am running out of time. What would you do if you or your loved ones needed an organ?”

    Benefits for donors

    Lasting impact

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    Lives Saved

    Save up to 100 lives every year by contributing to the creation of the Lifepod.
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    ICU place of honour

    As a donor, you’ll own a piece of this Lifepod forever, and your name (referenced in your donation) will be placed on a plaque in the ICU hall of fame.

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    Section 18A Available

    Upon request, we'll send you a Section 18A receipt for your donation.
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