Nicole loses her brave fight for life

Nicole McGaley (right) pictured outside The Kerryman offices with her mother Jennifer back in January of this year as she pleaded for a heart transplant. Photo by Fergus Dennehy
Nicole McGaley (right) pictured outside The Kerryman offices with her mother Jennifer back in January of this year as she pleaded for a heart transplant. Photo by Fergus Dennehy

Fergus Dennehy

Just six months after making a heartfelt plea to secure a place on the heart transplant list, Tralee woman Nicole McGaley has lost her fight for life at the age of just 25.

Despite her desperate plea, she received the devastating news in February that she would not be placed on the heart transplant list, which also meant she could not receive the vital kidney transplant she needed as well.

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Her heart had been damaged by a childhood defect, a debilitating bout of sepsis and other serious complications and she told The Kerryman in January of this year, that if she was unable to secure a new heart, she would not have long to live.

To say she was a fighter would be an understatement - in her short 25 years she survived two major heart operations, the near failure of both of her kidneys, septicaemia, a stroke and three-month long medically-induced coma. 

Sadly, she lost her fight for life on Sunday June 16 and now tributes have been paid to her online by her family and friends. Writing on her Facebook page, she was described by her father Mossie as his "precious girl", a "princess", a hero and an inspiration.

Nicole will be reposing at McElligott's Funeral Home in Tralee on Wednesday from 5pm to 6.30pm; removal will take place at 6.30pm to St John's Parish Church in Tralee.

Requiem Mass will take place this Thursday at 10am followed by burial in Rath New Lawn Cemetery in Tralee. The family have requested no flowers and donations, if desired, can be given to The Dialysis Unit in UHK.

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