Sunday 25 September 2016

Pizza is first on the list after kidney transplant for Luke (9)

Published 28/04/2015 | 08:36

Luke Concannon (9) from Lucan who recieved a kidney transplant within the last year during a celebration of Temple St Hospital's 100th Kidney Transplant at Temple Street Children's University Hospital Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Luke Concannon (9) from Lucan who recieved a kidney transplant within the last year during a celebration of Temple St Hospital's 100th Kidney Transplant at Temple Street Children's University Hospital Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Luke Concannon (9) said that the first thing he asked for when he got a new kidney was a pizza.

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"I asked for double cheese, sweetcorn, chicken and a really hard crust," said Luke, who lives in Lucan.

He wasn't allowed pizza before his kidney transplant last year, because of the strict diet he had to follow while he was on dialysis.

"I used to get sick a lot when I didn't have my kidney," Luke told the Herald.

His mum Karen (31) said that Luke was born with just one kidney and it wasn't working.

"So he started on dialysis at home for a year-and-a-half," she said.

Luke then had to go into Temple Street Children's University Hospital for dialysis for years.

However, in March last year, Karen got the all-important call telling her to make their way to the hospital, where Luke's kidney transplant operation would take place.

"He was very calm. I was able to bring him into the theatre and he said to me, 'good luck now mam,'" Karen said.

Luke was one of the 19 children who received a kidney transplant at the hospital last year - it was the busiest year for transplantation since 2003 when the national programme began there.

Following the successful operation, Luke is now able to go to Scoil Mhuire every day like all his friends in third class. Before his transplant, he could only go for half days.

"He has come on loads in the last year," said Karen.

Over the past 12 years, some 101 children from across the country have received a transplant. The youngest recipient was only two years old.

Dr Michael Riordan, a consultant paediatric nephrologist, said over the last 12 years, the number of children needing a transplant has increased.

"The numbers waiting are small, but in order to get children off that waiting list, it's necessary that we maintain our momentum and maintain our rate of transplantation," he said.

The hospital is encouraging people to carry an organ donor card.

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