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A Mother's Epic Battle to Save her Daughter's life

Published Aug 13, 2021


Cape Town - After an extraordinary four-year battle, Gabi Lowe lost her beautiful, talented 20-year-old daughter, Jenna Lowe, on June 8, 2015, to pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare degenerative lung disease, following a double lung transplant.

Jenna was young, bright and articulate. She was LEAD SA’s Youth Hero of the Year in 2015. Her death was mourned by thousands of people whose lives she had touched.

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During her short but full life, Jenna and the Lowe family raised much-needed awareness around the rare and devastating disease, highlighting the dire need for access to medication and organ donors locally.

Although desperately ill, Jenna became the face for organ donation in South Africa, through the hugely successful #GetMeTo21 campaign in which she invited all South Africans to attend her 21st birthday celebration by clicking on a link to become an organ donor.

Tragically, Jenna died four months before reaching her milestone.

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In this brutally honest memoir, which is brilliantly written, riveting in all its terrible truth and pain, Gabi Lowe shares her family’s desperate fight to save Jenna’s life.

Get Me to 21 will inspire us to believe that the ability to face even the darkest and most unimaginable ordeals, lives deep within us all.

Get Me to 21 is available on (R232)

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