Boy (12) home after double lung transplant
A schoolboy is recovering at home after a life-changing double-lung transplant in the UK, weeks after he asked Santa for new lungs for Christmas.
Aaron O'Leary (12) from Ballinhassig, Co Cork, who lives with cystic fibrosis, returned from the Freeman Hospital Newcastle on Wednesday.
He was met by cheers from friends and family upon his arrival at Cork Airport.
Aaron is looking forward to celebrating his new lease of life following the surgery.
"I feel really well, better than I ever was and I can breathe really well," he said.
"I can do a lot more now, I can actually play games properly now and I can go on cycles."
His mother Caroline said the news came just in time for Aaron, who had been on the transplant list for six months.
"We were very worried about him," she told TV3 News. "He was on oxygen every day and fighting to breathe, really."