Page 29 - Support Magazine Summer 2017
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Alan Gleeson, John Collins, Tony Byrne, Colin MacKenzie, Ann Burke, Vivienne,
            Prof Jim Egan, Vivienne Traynor, Mark Murphy, Valerie Brady                      Stephen Brady, Patricia MacKenzie














            Siobhan & George Bates, Vivienne, Zeta Lawlor  Patricia May, Vivienne, Angela Kirwan  Vivienne, Caroline Donnelly

        Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. It soon                                                       Organ Donor Nurse
        became apparent that he would need a                                                         Managers: Bernie
                                                                                                     Nohilly, Ireland East
        double lung transplant. Such a
                                                                                                     Hospital Group,
        diagnosis came as a huge shock as                                                            Mater; Pauline May,
        many years before three of his four                                                          Saolta Group,
                                                                                                     Galway University
        siblings had passed away as young                                                            Hospital;Karen Healy
        children from what, to this day, still                                                       RCSI Hospitals
                                                                                                     Group, Beaumont;
        remains unproven to be hereditary. He                                                        Siobhan Brosnan
        continues to be thankful to his                                                              University Limerick
        deceased donor for saving his life as he                                                     Hospital Group;
                                                                                                     Breda Doyle, South/
        underwent a double lung transplant at                                                        South West Hospital
        the Mater Hospital in March 2016.                                                            Group, Cork
                                                                                                     University Hospital.
           Ron Grainger from Dublin,
        underwent a kidney transplant in 2003.
        He is a retired Urologist and all through  worked in the UK before returning to  donor ambassador.
        his working life has treated kidney  Ireland where he settled down with    Our Chairman of the IKA, Valerie
        patients. Last year Ron was chosen as  his wife Collette. Sadly Collette took a  Brady, gave the press and the Minister
        the Irish ambassador in a global     sudden bad turn in November 2015.  an overview of the IKA awareness
        initiative between the World Transplant  Niall was present but sadly, despite  activities of the previous year.
        Games Federation and Astellas called  the swift measures that he and his   The Minister then gave a very
        ‘Fit for Life!’ which encourages     paramedic colleagues took to try to  informative speech and he was
        transplant recipients to live an active  revive her, she would never regain  followed by Mark Murphy, CEO, IKA,
        and healthy lifestyle post-transplant.  consciousness. Niall takes consolation  who gave statistical analysis of the
        Ron's outstanding performance when   in the legacy of Collette’s organ  current situation for transplant and
        he competed as part of Transplant    donation as her liver, two kidneys and  dialysis patients.
        Team Ireland at the European 9th     heart valves benefitted others lives.  The launch was rounded up by
        Transplant & Dialysis Sports           About 100 people from around the  Professor Jim Egan, Director of Organ
        Championships in Finland earned him  country attended and were          Donation and Transplant Ireland
        the name ‘the flying doctor’.        acknowledged for their commitment  (ODTI), the national organ
           Niall Sheridan, a native of Dublin,  to organ donor awareness. The   procurement service of the HSE.
        now living in Virginia, Co Cavan, has  donation, by Clear Channel, of poster  Many of the branches of the IKA
        many strings to his bow. The qualified  advertising on bus shelters around  send delegates to the national launch
        nurse and medic spent many years     Dublin, again this year, was much  to be present for the national and
        living in Canada’s Yukon territory where  appreciated. Once again our poster  local press in various interviews for
        he was a community’s coroner. He also  featured Vivienne Traynor, our organ  the print and film media.
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