Second transplant for Brolly kidney man
A man who received a kidney donation from GAA star Joe Brolly was last night making a steady recovery from a second kidney transplant operation after doctors found a 100,000 to one donor match.
Shane Finnegan made headlines in 2012 when well-known GAA figure Brolly donated one of his kidneys to the 43-year-old PR man after hearing he had been waiting six years for a transplant.
At the time, the pair barely knew one another, only meeting by chance as coaches on the touchline of St Brigid's GAA club in south Belfast, where their children were playing.
The operation, carried out at Guys Hospital in London in October 2012, was ultimately unsuccessful and the kidney had to be removed nine days later due to medical complications.
Having undergone two previous transplants, one of which lasted seven years, friends said Mr Finnegan had given up hope of receiving another and was resigned to a life on dialysis.
Mr Finnegan, a father of five, was told by doctors he had a 100,000 to one chance of finding another transplant match.
However, out of the blue, he received a phone call from a hospital informing him that a transplant match had been found.
Mr Finnegan's new kidney came from a 54-year-old woman who had died in England.
Doctors routinely ran a tissue match through their computer and Mr Finnegan's name immediately flashed up.
He is now recovering from his latest operation, at Belfast City Hospital, and early indications are that the procedure has been a success.
Mr Finnegan was diagnosed with renal failure while at university in 1999.