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Ken Byrne and Áine O’Keeffe

        Living Donor Transplant Couple

                                 Soon to wed

                                       or many people       scheduled to take place the  and close relationship having
        “When people                   January is considered  following morning.        met under hilarious
                                       to be a downer          Áine O'Keeffe, a 24 year  circumstances. Six years ago
                                       month with cold
            ask me why           Fweather and back to       old Kilbeggan, Co.          Áine was hunting with a
                                                            Westmeath native, was
                                                                                        local hunt in Rahan Woods
                                 work with little money after  excited to donate her kidney  when a young man with a
            I decided to         the Christmas excess.      to her fiancé, Ken Byrne, a  camera caught her eye.
                                 However, for some the start
                                                                                        Trying to impress him she
                                                            33-year-old Rosemount
                                 of this New Year was to be  native. They had been      made for a large ditch
          give Ken one           the long-awaited chance of a  together for six years almost  hoping to create a truly
                                 life time! On January 15th, a  to the day of their scheduled  amazing image. Her
                                 seemingly fit and healthy  surgery. They work together  performance didn’t go so
        of my kidneys            young couple from          and live with their two     well as she made an abrupt
                                 Westmeath eagerly stepped  children Keelin and Fía in  trip landing face first. Rather
             the answer          through the doors of       Rosemount, Co. Westmeath.   than let him know she was
                                 Beaumont Hospital. It was a
                                                            The couple are sharing their
                                                                                        hurt she shouted to the
                                 place they had become very  story in support of the Irish  handsome photographer
               is simple.        much accustomed to over    Kidney Association's Organ  "Did you catch that?" to
                                 the past few years. But this  Donor Awareness Week     which he laughed and gave
                                 time was different. They   which takes place from 1st-  her a thumbs up! He had
                 It’s Ken,       were both about to undergo  8th April which aims to raise  indeed caught the whole
                                 their long-awaited living  awareness about the plight  sequence on camera, which
               My Ken!”          donor kidney transplant    of people with organ failure.  proudly hangs in their
                                                                                        hallway to this day.
                                                               They share a truly unique
                                 surgeries which were
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