Wednesday 12 December 2018

'Double lung transplant is a go!' - CF campaigner Orla fighting for life in US set for operation

Orla Tinsley
Orla Tinsley
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

An Irish campaigner who has fought for better services for cystic fibrosis patients is on life support in New York, and has now been told she is set to receive a double lung transplant.

Orla Tinsley (30), a Kildare-born journalist who now lives in New York, has been too unwell to travel home and is currently in New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She was awaiting news of a potential lung transplant and was told yesterday morning that she is set to receive a double lung transplant.

She wrote online: "This morning we got a call but I wanted to wait. Well, here it is, Lucky Number7.  I’m not afraid.. Please send love, prayers and best wishes. Double lung transplant is a go! Love love love."

The young woman has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis and has written extensively on the subject.

From hospital this week, she urged people to carry an organ donor card.

She told well-wishers: "I am currently on life support fighting intensely."

Ms Tinsley said on Tuesday she was hopeful of a transplant this time around, having been called for a transplant on six other occasions only to discover they were not a match.

A number of people in Ireland have sent messages of support to her as she awaits news.

She also uploaded a picture of her oxygen mask to social media site Instagram, and said her "entire focus now is on breathing".

"I am struggling a lot but I am strong and hopeful," she said.

"I'm a ninja. They don't quit and they are adaptable to all situations.

"They karate chop their way with stealth, fancy footwork and a determined mind.

"I have an incredible team @nyphospital who are working intensely around the clock to keep me alive. We are hopeful that lungs are coming."

Irish Independent

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