Saturday 18 November 2017

All of us on the organ list share an obsession -- time

Transplant patient Regina Hennelly describes the agonising wait for a kidney donor, which depends as much on luck as medical expertise

CPSU delegate Sinead McKenna, from Dundalk, after her
attack on the ICTU leadership
CPSU delegate Sinead McKenna, from Dundalk, after her attack on the ICTU leadership

A TRANSPLANT, when it happens, is a medical miracle. The set of circumstances that are required for a heart, or a liver, or a kidney to be donated and successfully implanted in a broken body are beyond my comprehension. Even after the two years I have now spent on the transplant list.

Each of us awaiting this unique type of surgery is painfully aware that someone will have to die if we are to live. That is the first circumstance.

They also have to die in particular conditions that facilitate the harvesting of organs. Some family then has to find the strength in their darkest hour to agree to allow for their loved one to become an organ donor. That donor has to be about the same age and about the same weight as you. They have to have a matching blood type.

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