Port Elizabeth resident Nombuyiselo Skafu is in Cape Town to celebrate the anniversary of the operation at the hospital today.
She said: “I was very ill, I was getting infections, I was in and out of hospital and the dialysis was (not) working so well for me until I was introduced to Dr (Elmi) Muller.
"I knew it was something that would help me and I was happy to take that chance. After that everything went well and I even run now, I participated in the Transplant Games earlier this year. I am happy and healthy and proof that it is possible.”
Today she will be among 30 former patients who had the operations. The hospital will be celebrating these ground-breaking operations ahead of World Aids Day, which will be marked globally tomorrow.