Monday 22 October 2018

'I will row one million metres to honour donor who gave me liver'

Liver transplant patient, David Earlie from Goatstown, Co. Dublin, pictured with his wife Lisa and their children Matthew (2), and Elizabeth (4), at the launch of the Irish Kidney Association organ donor awareness week 2018. Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Liver transplant patient, David Earlie from Goatstown, Co. Dublin, pictured with his wife Lisa and their children Matthew (2), and Elizabeth (4), at the launch of the Irish Kidney Association organ donor awareness week 2018. Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A Dublin father-of-two who had a life-saving liver transplant has embarked on an arduous sporting feat in honour of his donor.

David Earlie (39), a financial manager at Davy's, received the shocking diagnosis that he had a liver tumour a year ago.

He underwent gruelling treatment and had a liver transplant in August.

Doctors later advised him to take up rowing to help his recovery.

He has now dedicated his goal to row a million metres in a year to the memory of his deceased donor who gave him back his life.

He recalled how he became overcome with emotion after waking up in intensive care after undergoing the operation.

It was a mixture of relief to be back with his family, but also a sense of grief for the person who died whose liver gave him the gift of life.

Irish Independent

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