Young woman doing well after lung transplant
A YOUNG woman is recovering in a UK hospital after undergoing a double-lung transplant.
The 23-year-old woman, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis (CF), underwent the life-saving surgery on Tuesday morning, having been notified hours earlier. She had been on a waiting list for two years.
She was said to be making good progress yesterday and was out of the intensive-care unit of Freemans Hospital in Newcastle.
The family of the woman, who comes from south Kerry, has appealed for privacy.
There are around 50 people on the waiting list for a lung transplant in Ireland.
About 30 of these are CF patients, awaiting a double lung transplant.
Secretary of the Kerry branch of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland (CFAI), Betty Hand, lost her youngest daughter Mary to the disease four years ago, when she was 24.
Although she also had been on the waiting list for a double lung transplant, her mother says that she had other complications apart from CF that ruled out transplant as an option.
All double-lung transplants are carried out in the Mater Hospital in Dublin or at Freeman's Hospital in Newcastle.
"Unfortunately, the numbers of transplants being undertaken in both centres is insufficient to make an impact on the waiting lists," said chief executive of CFAI, Philip Watts.
Although Ireland has a high organ donor rate, the organ retrieval rate needs to be improved to at least 50pc to come close to meeting demand.