Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association

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Our thanks to Michelle and Padraig Kehoe (Wexford) who organised a Sky Dive in aid of the IHLTA.   The day was a great success and we thank all involved from organisers to sponsors and of course the brave band of sky divers !

Thanks for Ladies mini marathon 2015

Many thanks to the small but enthusiastic group of ladies who did the Mini Marathon in the rain for the IHLTA this year!   A special mention for Brigid Forde - lung transplant recipient - who wasn't put off by the weather and completed the mini marathon with her friend, Catherine.  


Dublin Fire Brigade Cycling Club Charity Cycle Dublin.  
Sunday 14th June

IHLTA visit to Circle of Life Garden, Salthill, Galway.
Saturday 20 th June

20th September 2015 - Walk With Ron
Saturday 20th June

For further information on all of the above phone Paddy O'Mahony on 0874128612.

European Heart and Lung Transplant Championships - Lithuania

Congratulations to the nine Athletes who represented Ireland at the European Heart and Lung Transplant Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Between them they won six Gold Medals, ten Silver Medals and eight Bronze Medals.   A real tribute to their Donors and all Donors.

Frank Galvin - Heart Recipient

Frank Galvin is a 56-year-old recipient of a heart transplant. Married with 5 children, Frank was first diagnosed with a crippling virus in 2010 which was attacking his heart.

Following the insertion of an ICD, Frank’s health improved greatly until October 2014, when it was discovered that he was suffering from heart failure, the only solution to which was a transplant. An inpatient of Blanchardstown Hospital for 10 months, Frank received a heart through the generosity of a donor family in late July 2015.

The procedure itself went exceedingly well, although Frank did suffer a few problems shortly thereafter. While the medicines took some getting used to and, indeed, have their own unique problems and side-effects, Frank now believes he has turned a corner.

As he told us himself, the anniversary of his transplant will be a happy occasion for himself and family, but tinged with sadness for his donor’s family. 

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. 


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