Tuesday 23 January 2018

Rollercoaster of emotions as I got news I was heading home

Meadhbh with her
Joe and
Meadhbh with her parents Joe and Assumpta
Meadhbh reading some of her many messages of support from well wishers as she recovered from transplant surgery at home yesterday
Meadhbh smiling aged seven
Meadhbhb aged eight
Again again aged seven in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim
Meadhbh McGivern at two years of age playing with her toys

ON the morning of October 10 I was told that I could be transferred back to Crumlin later that evening.

I couldn't believe it. I had a rollercoaster weekend which started with a blood transfusion on Friday. The doctors told me that a child was being brought over from Dublin by the Air Corps that morning and that I might be transferred back with them.

When we arrived back in Crumlin sometime after 5 that evening I knew I was well and truly home and things would get better. Anything would be better than the last year -- constant pain, no energy, no school, at home most of the time, the boredom, the thoughts of when the transplant would come, the disappoint- ment of July. I choose to forget all that now.

Then it was home -- Ciara, my own things again, mam's cooking.

It is just over two months since my transplant. I pray for everyone who prayed for me -- every night. I say a special prayer for the person who gave me their liver. I don't know who they were or where they were from. I hope they are in heaven now. It's a strange feeling but it seems like I actually know them.

I am so looking forward to Christmas this year. I know it will be a happier one for all of us. I turn 15 on Friday. This is a special birthday for me: I have been given a special gift that will give me a new beginning. I am looking forward to 2012 and to the rest of my life. Life will be good from now on.

Irish Independent

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