Wednesday 19 December 2018

CF campaigner Orla Tinsley recovering in hospital following double lung transplant

Journalist and campaigner Orla Tinsley
Journalist and campaigner Orla Tinsley Newsdesk Newsdesk

Irish cystic fibrosis campaigner Orla Tinsley is recovering in hospital following a double lung transplant in the US.

The 30-year-old had previously received six calls about a potential lung transplant to date but each time the donor lungs were deemed unsuitable.

Ten days ago Ms Tinsley received her seventh call and returned to New York Presbyterian Hospital for the operation.

On Wednesday she wrote online: "This morning we got a call but I wanted to wait. Well, here it is, Lucky Number 7. I'm not afraid. Please send love, prayers and best wishes. Double lung transplant is a go! Love love love."

Following the surgery today, an update was posted online to inform well-wishers that Ms Tinsley was recovering in hospital.

"She will be going through a lot in the next few days so please keep her in your minds. We are not out of the woods yet but the trees are beginning to thin. Thanks for all your support and well wishes," the message read.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a lifelong genetically inherited disease that mainly affects the lungs and the digestive system. There is currently no cure.

Ms Tinsley, a Kildare-born journalist, has been at the forefront of the fight to improve awareness and services of CF has written extensively on the subject.

Her campaign work was instrumental in the opening of a dedicated CF unit in St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin.

She had been on a waiting list to undergo a double lung transplant since she suffered respiratory failure last year.

Earlier in the week she urged people to carry organ donor cards.

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 foot work and a determined mind."

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