Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association

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Damien Keogh's Story

Damien Keogh, a 33-year-old husband and father of two, is a heart transplant recipient as of July 2015.

Like so many others, Damien’s decline into extremely serious illness was quite fast. Following the contraction of a virus in November 2014, his heart became irrevocably damaged. Early 2015 saw no improvement with a Left Ventricular Assist Device being seen as the only means by which to aid his damaged heart at that point. However, during the procedure, his heart stopped beating for a total of 12 minutes, during which time he also suffered a stroke. So serious was this development that Damien set a hospital record for blood units received in a 24 hour period.

Following this, Damien had the LVAD in place until his transplant in July 2015. During this period, he was called to be assessed for three different hearts. One of said calls even saw him being brought to theatre only to discover upon waking up the following day that the surgery had not taken place. The third call, however, proved to be the one for him.

Damien’s recovery was a swift one. He spent a few weeks in hospital and was even able to attend a friend’s wedding in August. 


IHLTA Committee

As the summer approaches, so too does a busy schedule events for the IHLTA and its members.

Do you see yourself as being in a position to help us organise more events? Would you like to join our committee? 

We are a completely voluntary charity and rely entirely on the generosity of our members. As such, we need your help!

The Gift of Life

Remembering those who gave the most precious gift of all - the gift of life. This is just one example of one of the many life changing stories out there which was featured in the news recently. With respect to the Donor's family, no exact dates are given. But while we celebrate new life - we remember our Donors and their families every day and always.

Please follow the link to find out more on Adrianne Roberts' story.



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