It is easy, in socially volatile and corruption-riddled SA, to sink into pessimism. Fortunately, leading South Africans constantly help us to defy the gloom. Once in a while something wonderful happens that warms the heart and gives us all hope. Such was the case with the liver transplant from an HIV-positive mother to her HIV-negative baby, at the Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre. The operation was performed a year ago, but only revealed this month, and both mother and child have recovered. The resilient spirit and hard work of our professionals are what make such achievements possible. Particularly in the face of great adversity, proud and hardy South Africans dig deep and solve the most complicated, seemingly insurmountable problems. In this case, the 13-month-old child (the family has asked not to be identified) had been languishing on a waiting list for a liver transplant for at least six months while the mother was a perfect match and willing to donate part of her ...

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