Although Organ Donor Month is drawing to a close, doctors are appealing to South Africans to consider organ donation.
CAPE TOWN - With a critical shortage of organs and tissue and a long waiting list, doctors are often forced to play God in deciding who gets a transplant.
Although Organ Donor Month is drawing to a close, they're appealing to South Africans to consider organ donation as the need is constant.
Dr Peter Nourse of the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital says due to the shortage of organs, they often have to make tough decisions, like turning patients down for transplants.
Parents of children who received organs say they are forever grateful to their donors.
"There is no amount of words. We can't pay them money or even give them diamonds. We are so grateful and we pray for their family," said Michelle Thomas, a recipient's mother.
It only takes two minutes to register as an organ donor and one person could potentially save seven lives.