Vivienne pays tribute to kidney donors after donating to nephew
Published 22/02/2016 | 02:30
RTÉ broadcaster Vivienne Traynor (44) has revealed that five years after she donated a kidney to her nephew, he underwent a second transplant from a deceased donor.
Her nephew Martin Traynor (35) underwent his first kidney transplant in 2009, for which Vivienne was the living donor, and five years later, he had his second transplant.
Martin, who is father to Ted (3) and Maisy (10 months), had been on dialysis for three years before Vivienne donated her kidney to him.
"Both Martin and I made a good recovery after the operations and the successful transplant allowed him to enjoy a normal life for five years away from dialysis, and in that time, he became a father.
"However, in 2013, signs of Martin's original condition, IgA nephropathy, returned and it started to affect the transplanted kidney.
"By mid-2014, he was back on dialysis and eventually placed back on the waiting list for another transplant. He was just six weeks on the list when a kidney from a deceased donor became available in November 2014."
Vivienne, who is a mum-of-four, has told of her family's gratitude to the donor family.
"I was really touched that a family in the midst of all their grief took the time to consider someone else.
"To see Martin come back from surgery in a matter of hours and given a whole new lease of life was one of the greatest things I have witnessed."
Vivienne is ambassador for Organ Donor Awareness Week in April, which is organised by the Irish Kidney Association.