'Easy decision' as father donates kidney to son
An emotional father has spoken about the "easy decision" he made to donate a kidney to save his son's life.
Joshua O'Halloran (15) from Portumna, Co Galway, suffered from bilateral hydronephrosis all his life until doctors ordered an urgent transplant.
The condition occurs when urine is unable to drain from the kidney into the bladder, meaning the sufferer may need a transplant to live a normal life.
In the search for a donor, Joshua's father, Francis, came forward as a good candidate and said it was "a great honour" to give his kidney to his son.
The operation went ahead last week.
"There was no difficulty in it. It was just a great honour to be able to do it and to see him looking so well afterwards, and it's just what I like about it really", he said.
"Once I found out that he needed it and that I was compatible, I wanted to try it and hopefully it works. And if it works it's great, he won't need another one for a long time," he added.
Joshua is one of 106 children who has received a new kidney at Temple Street Children's Hospital since the first transplant back in 2003.
Courtney Kealy (17). from Slane, Co Meath, was the first-ever patient to receive a transplant at the hospital.
Temple Street revealed that of its transplants, 70pc of them came from people with organ donor cards.
Last year was the "busiest year" for the hospital, with 19 kidney transplants performed.