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Sunday 20 April 2014

Mayor tells how son saved lives with organ donation

Tralee Town Mayor Pat Hussey.

THE Mayor of Tralee Pat Hussey has backed calls for people to become organ donors, telling how his late son, David, saved the lives of five people by donating his organs.

THE Mayor of Tralee Pat Hussey has backed calls for people to become organ donors, telling how his late son, David, saved the lives of five people by donating his organs.

Cllr Hussey (pictured right) revealed how some good had come from his family's unimaginable tragedy in 1990, after his young son died in a traffic accident.

Mr Hussey was speaking at Monday night's meeting of Tralee Town Council where be backed calls from Cllr Mairead Fernane for more people to become organ donors.

Cllr Fernane was urging people to sign up for a donor card in memory of the late Tralee teenager, Fiona Moore, who died in May at the age of just 16 while waiting for a lung transplant.

"Fiona waited for a call to tell her that a lung was available which would give her the chance of healthy life. Sadly that call never came, " she said.

She said that organ donation has already resulted in 5,000 transplant operations in Ireland alone, adding that there are currently over 600 people in Ireland waiting for an organ transplant here.

"Fiona's family hope that her death will not be in vain but that it will raise awareness of the need for organ donation in Ireland, " she said.

Cllr Fernane urged those who do not already carry a donor card to consider doing so and to contact the Irish Donor Network (1890 543639) for more information

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