Transplant trio receive SA recognition

Tremaine van Aardt

A KIDNEY transplant patient who was given a second chance received his South African colours for athletics in Port Elizabeth yesterday.

Mthunzi Fatyi, 30, received the colours at Livingstone Hospital from World Transplant Games (WTG) local organising committee chairman Willie Uys.

The former rugby player was devastated when at the age of 15 he was told he would need a transplant and that it would impact on his physical activity.

Now, the 30-year-old Rhodes University post-graduate education student is among 1800 athletes from 50 countries who will be participating in the WTG in Durban later this month.

Uys praised Fatyi’s never-saydie attitude and willingness to improve. “When I saw him for the first time, I thought there was no way he was going to achieve this, but his grit and determination is what sets him apart.”

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