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Fifty years together

        Paul and Rose Prendergast

             ubliner Paul Prendergast     Being on dialysis is very hard. You
             celebrated 50 years of       make the best of it but it’s not
        Dmarriage to his wife, Rose,      really living well.”
        by renewing their wedding vows      The recent wedding vow
        recently.                         renewal was held in a hotel and           Being on dialysis
           This ceremony was even better  Paul says it was great to have the
        than the first, he says, surrounded  whole family together. “The first
        by their 13 children and 16       reception was in Rose’s mammy’s              is very hard.
        grandchildren. However, Paul      house and we wouldn’t have been
        would not have been alive to see  able to get as many in. Fifty years   You make the best of it
        the day without the kidney        together is a long time and that
        transplant he received 18 years   would definitely not have
        ago. A fall at the time had       happened if I had not received my         but it’s not really
        revealed polycystic kidneys and he  kidney transplant. To be here and
        was on dialysis by the time he was  healthy and have all my children
        50.                               and grandchildren around me is a              living well.
           “It was no quality of life. I was  very special gift that I am grateful
        in my 40s and had poor health     for every day.”
        and my children were small and I
        just could not function very well.            ©Reprinted courtesy Irish Times

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