Page 22 - Support Magazine Summer 2017
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To Vienna

        with Love

                                                                                   Graham with his parents Margaret and Fintan

                                                                                 Fintan recuperating surrounded by daughter Louise and
                    Graham, with parents Fintan and Margaret and sister and brother Louise and Ian  wife Margaret with Graham in the background
                 he future looks ‘bright’ for a  dialysis which worked for a while but  own father passed away on that date.
                 father and his son following  then he progressed to hospital   My wife and daughter travelled over
                 a living donor kidney      haemodialysis. His father Fintan visited  with me to Vienna to support both of
                 operation which took place  him in Vienna at least six times that  us. The operation took place at AKH
        Tin Vienna last March. Fintan       year and could see that his son’s health  Vienna General Hospital and was a
        Bright (67) from Avondale Drive,    and outlook were deteriorating. He  great success and both myself and
        Wexford town travelled to Vienna to  started to consider living donation for  Fintan made a swift recovery. Graham
        donate one of his kidneys to his ailing  his son and got some initial tests done  is now living a normal life away from
        son Graham (41).                    through Waterford Regional Hospital.  dialysis and I feel fit and well with my
           Graham had been living in Vienna   Fintan said, “while I went to see my  one remaining kidney.
        for over a decade and decided to    son in hospital one Friday in October  “I was humbled to receive South
        return home to Ireland as he had    2015, I asked to see someone about  East Radio’s Outstanding Achievement
        secured a job with Facebook. Sadly the  making an appointment to discuss  Award ‘for those who make a
        prospect of an exciting career came to  living kidney donation. Within ten  difference to a local community’ in
        an abrupt end as within four days of  minutes a Consultant came to see me  acknowledgement of my efforts in
        him starting at the social networking  and took my blood pressure and asked  highlighting the planning issues
        giant, he suddenly became ill and   me to do a 24 hour urine test over the  around a new dialysis centre in
        ended up in St. Vincent’s Hospital with  weekend. The following Monday  Wexford, as well as my kidney
        end stage kidney failure. The future  results of my blood urine samples were  donation.
        didn’t look so bright for Graham for a  back within 2 hours. I travelled to  Graham came home from Vienna to
        while as he struggled with a form of  Vienna twice more before the      join me and my family for the
        home dialysis and some infections. He  operation proceeded. In January I  presentation on January 20th at the
        was then transferred to hospital    underwent some final tests including  Talbot hotel and I was proud to be
        haemodialysis which worked better for  medical and psychological assessments  photographed with him by my side. I
        him. He didn’t return to Vienna     and it was announced that I had a ‘full  would encourage everyone to consider
        immediately and continued his dialysis  house’ confirming I was a perfect  organ donation as it has the power to
        treatment in Ireland for six months.  match to donate a kidney to my son.  save so many people who are in organ
           When he returned to Vienna he      “The day of the transplant, March  failure and touches their families and
        once again underwent a form of home  15th, has particular significance, as my  friends also.”
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