Friday 20 October 2017

New liver gives Elizabeth a running start

Mark Hilliard

FIVE-year-old Elizabeth Murphy started school last month, but if things had worked out differently she may never have got the chance.

At the age of just four months she was rushed to King's Hospital London for a life-saving liver transplant.

"Without it we wouldn't have a daughter," her mum Suzie said yesterday from their home in Ballyboughal, north Dublin, ahead of the Irish Kidney Association's 'Run For A Life'.

"It's just so important for people to discuss organ donation. If there is an accident and you are losing a loved one and someone comes up and asks you if they can use their organs you are not in the right mindset to discuss it.

Awareness

"If you have discussed it around the table then it's easier to deal with and do."

The 'Run For A Life' is aimed at exactly that -- raising awareness so that organ donation is not an unfamiliar subject.

Coinciding with the European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation this weekend, the multi-distance run of up to 10km will take place on Sunday in Park West, Dublin 12.

A number of well-known names and faces will also attend, including Justin Treacy and Jacqui Hurley from RTE and Sinead Kissane and Dyane Connor from TV3.

Information on the event can be found at www.runforalife.ie.

Irish Independent

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