My Lung Transplant Story
Shane Halligan is 31 and lives in Claremorris, Co. Mayo. He suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and needed a double lung transplant.
Shane has a high level of anti-bodies and is blood type B – the rare one – so his chances of finding a suitable match were low.
He received 4 calls to come to hospital for his transplant, but each time was told it would not be possible.
In March 2015 Shane received his fifth and final call; these lungs were to be his.
One year on Shane is now back to work at Abbvie, a pharmaceutical company in Sligo and now, as he says, unlike before he can plan for the future.
Shane’s mother Mary spoke with the Mater Foundation. She said “We will never forget that night in the Mater. The life he has been given is just a miracle.”
Shane is so grateful to the Heart and Lung team that took care of him whilst at the Mater. He said “I was cared for in the best way possible; my treatment was just first class from the surgeons to the nurses.”
The organ donor was also in his thoughts. He said “I would like to thank the donor and their family for giving me this second chance. They are in my thoughts every day.”
The Heart and Lung Appeal at the Mater Hospital Foundation raises vital funds for the Heart & Lung Transplant programme at the Mater which supports patients throughout the country suffering from debilitating and life threatening conditions.
The Mater Hospital is the only hospital in the Republic of Ireland that performs heart and Lung Transplantation. In 2015 it conducted 16 Heart Transplants and 36 Lung Transplants. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of our supporters together we can enhance patient care in the Heart & Lung Unit at the Mater Hospital.
My Heart Transplant
My name is Sarah Jordan. I am 26 years old, living in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork. In May 2012 I underwent a heart transplant –without this operation and the dedicated team of professionals that cared me in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, I would not be here today.
When I visited the Mater Hospital as an out-patient, my heart was only working at 16% of its capacity. I was admitted immediately to the Coronary Care Unit where I stayed under constant care for 10 weeks. The reality of the situation was that I could not walk and talk at the same time, nor could I climb stairs or even socialise with my friends. Again, without the team of dedicated staff of the hospital, I would not be able to look forward to the rest of my life – and being able to reach my full potential.
I was lucky that the third heart offered to me was a perfect match.
Now, my family and I want to give something back to the Mater Hospital. In this way we can highlight the amazing work & care offered by the staff of the Mater Hospital and also raise funds to help them to keep delivering their exceptional frontline care to their patients. In the last few years we have held a variety of fundraising nights for the Heart and Lung Appeal at the Mater Foundation. To date we have raised over €23,000.