Transplant ‘Sammie’ mourned

 

LIVING LEGACY: Samantha's husband Alistair Salt and children, from left, Jesse, 8, 16-month-old Stirling – on his mother's dog, Frank – and Mackenzie, 5, celebrate the life of their wife and mother. Picture: B-JAY PIERCEY
LIVING LEGACY: Samantha’s husband Alistair Salt and children, from left, Jesse, 8, 16-month-old Stirling – on his mother’s dog, Frank – and Mackenzie, 5, celebrate the life of their wife and mother. Picture: B-JAY PIERCEY

ONE of Port Elizabeth’s most famous organ transplant recipients has died, ending a chapter in the amazing and inspiring story of a young girl’s will to stay alive – and a community’s efforts to help her do so.

Samantha Salt (nee Bunce) – or Sammie as she was affectionately known then – rose to fame as a 10-year-old in desperate need of a liver transplant as she fought for her life against a rare liver disease in 1986.

She was able – with the help of The Herald readers who assisted in raising the R200000 needed for the procedure – to undergo a life-saving transplant in the UK.

On Saturday, the 38-year-old mother of three succumbed to an aggressively spreading breast cancer, her husband, Alistair Salt, said. – Tremaine van Aardt

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