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Monday 22 September 2014

Teacher got the gift of life from husband

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Conor Dalton and Sarah Dalton from Castleknock. Conor donated a kidney to his wife Sarah last year.

At the national launch of Organ Donor Awareness Week 2014 (March 29 - April 5) the record number of organ transplants last year, 294, was credited to the generosity of 86 deceased donors and medical advancements in Ireland.  During the life saving awareness week long campaign Irish Kidney Association volunteers will be distributing organ donor cards and selling forget-me-not flowers throughout the country with all proceeds going to the Irish Kidney Association for free patient aid and services. For organ donor cards Freetext DONOR to 50050. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

MEDIA CONTACT : For further information contact: Mark Murphy, CEO, Irish Kidney Association, Tel 01 6205306 mob. 087 2571235 or Gwen Oâ??Donoghue, Connect Communications, Mob 086 8241447
Conor Dalton and Sarah Dalton from Castleknock.

TEACHER Sarah Dalton received the precious gift of life from her husband Conor – after he gave her a kidney.

The 31-year-old underwent the live donor procedure in Beaumont Hospital last October, and revealed that she was waiting over a year before her operation took place.

She had been diagnosed with a kidney condition called reflux nephropathy when she was a child, and had received a kidney from a deceased donor when she was 17 years old.

However, she was told on the eve of her wedding to Conor (31) in 2011 that her kidney had failed.

"I was on the live donor list for a year. We were initially told the waiting time was three to six months. It's definitely at least one year, and that's if it is plain sailing.

"It's frustrating. But I know the medical staff are striving for it to be shorter, and they definitely are doing their best."

She said that the list must be shorter, as the operation could give patients a whole new lease of life.

"I noticed the change in quality of my life instantaneously."

The future is bright for the young couple, and Sarah said yesterday that she hopes that children will be part of their future – "something that couldn't have been done if I was on dialysis," she explained.

Irish Independent

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