Born with a congenital heart disease and Pulmonary Hypertension, Tina B was unable to be normal her entire life. Any kind of physical activity or excursion left her gasping for air and exhausted.
After collapsing at age 13 she was fitted with a life saving pacemaker - usually reserved for the elderly. By the time she reached 21, Tina B was starting to take strain and the pacemaker wasn't helping the way it used to. Three months before her 22nd birthday, Tina B had another pacemaker fitted, but was never able to regain the vigor and strength she'd had after the first pacemaker.
Her health steadily decreased during her twenties. Finally she was reduced to being on oxygen 90% of the day and slept between 18 and 20 hours. On the days she was strong enough to get out of bed, she was pushed in a wheelchair.
Tina B waited for 2 and a half years to get her life saving transplant. Her transplant and recovery are both an incredible story of hope, strength and courage. She is now leading a normal life and has taken part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the Arnold Africa Model Search!
She is also the official ambassador for 1000 Lives, a TV program featured weekly on SABC 2, that creates awareness and education around Organ Donation.