Monday 24 April 2017

Heartfelt thanks after 25 years of a new ticker

‘Now 25 years on since his life was saved by a person he never met, Brian wants to thank the man or woman who gave him the chance to get married and have kids.' Stock Image
‘Now 25 years on since his life was saved by a person he never met, Brian wants to thank the man or woman who gave him the chance to get married and have kids.' Stock Image
Billy Keane

Billy Keane

Brian Jaffray's new heart was stitched in to his chest 25 years and a few days ago. Brian isn't quite sure exactly who is the longest surviving heart transplant patient in Ireland, but he's right up there.

Now a quarter of a century on since his life was saved by a person he never met, Brian wants to thank the man or woman who gave him the chance to get married and have kids. His harvested heart was a gift from a family who somehow managed to find clear thinking time for love and giving in their darkest days. I can only imagine how tough it was back then for those who lost a loved one.

That one heart gave life to five lives. Brian was just 28 when he was saved and he was a single man. Brian's wife Caroline and sons Daniel, Eoin and Andrew are a family thanks to a family.

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