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# Organ Donation

Last month
November 2023
The percentage of deceased patients becoming organ donors has fallen
Brain death was diagnosed in 103 patients in 2021 with only 50 becoming organ donors.
This year
'For all of my 20s I've been on dialysis, so I'd just take anything at this stage'
Matthew McNeive has been waiting almost five years for a new kidney.
Legislation allowing for soft opt-out organ donation to be debated in Dáil
The bill will also bring in the requirement of a license for the public display of bodies after death.
Last year
250 organ transplants took place in Ireland this year
The HSE has thanked the donors and their families who made the life-saving transplants possible.
Soft opt-out organ donation on the way as delayed Bill finally sees movement
The bill will also bring in the requirement of a license for the public display of bodies after death.
'It's very worrying': Frustration as Dáil term ends without action on opt-out organ donation
A Bill was due to be signed off before the summer break, but has been pushed to the autumn.
'People are thinking of her every day': How organ donation was a 'huge solace' for one Mayo family
The Irish Kidney Association is encouraging people to have conversations with family if they want to be a donor.
All time
Over 200 organ transplants carried out despite 'extremely challenging' year for service
Ninety-nine donors were involved in the process – 64 people who had died and 35 living donors.
'It's a huge comfort our daughter saved someone else's life': 190 organ transplants carried out this year
Ninety donors were involved in the process – 62 people who had died and 28 living donors.
'It gave me back my life': Transplant patient urges people to talk to their families about organ donation wishes
Transplants through deceased donors are down 25% on last year.
'It doesn't have to be a morbid conversation': Mother of infant organ donor makes public appeal
Rebecca Maher’s daughter died at just eight months old, but was able to give a new life to someone waiting on a kidney transplant.
Record number of lung transplants carried out in Ireland this year, new figures show
Simon Harris said he hopes more people will donate organs through he Human Tissue Bill.
Opt-out organ donation plan accused of 'misleading the public'
The plans will be debated at the Oireachtas Health Committee today.
'I'm doing this in honour of my donor': Woman who received life-saving kidney transplant taking on 5k race
Emma O’Sullivan has gone through two organ transplants due to an illness she has experienced since birth.
Harris to bring in opt-out organ donation system, but law means families will have the final say
The Bill also provides for non-directed altruistic kidney donation.
'I got a new life because of their loved one': Organ recipients tell their stories as Organ Donor Awareness Week launches
The launched was attended by Ambassador Ray D’Arcy and Minister for Health Simon Harris.
'I was studying to be a fitness coach when I needed a double lung transplant'
Luke Doherty was added to the transplant waiting list when one of his lungs collapsed.
'I got one lung, the girl got the other lung and the boy got the heart - but I'm the only survivor'
Vera Dwyer (77) had her transplant operation in 1988 in the UK after being diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).
Organ donors who are stay at home parents may get their childcare expenses reimbursed
Currently, donors can get accomodation, travel and wages reimbursed up to €16,000.
More than 5,000 requests for organ donor cards since Orla Tinsley documentary
On a typical day, the Irish Kidney Association would receive 20 to 50 requests for organ donor cards.
Remember Myles? A kidney transplant has changed his life
‘Ordinary people get to do extraordinary things.’
Michael has had three transplants and is helping other patients come to terms with kidney failure
The former Dublin hurler is also receiving treatment for skin cancer.
'People have clearly been inspired': There have been 1,400 organ donor cards requested in the past fortnight
An IKA spokesperson said that this was six to seven times more than the usual amount for this period.
'The most selfless gift': A record number of organ donations were carried out in 2017
This included 51 kidneys from living donors.
'I have shiny new lungs' -Irish Cystic Fibrosis activist gets double lung transplant
The journalist and Cystic Fibrosis activist has long campaigned for more awareness about the condition.
'I looked death in the eyes and didn't like what I saw so I came back': Double lung transplant patient running the New York marathon
In September, he was diagnosed IPF (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) a rare and incurable lung condition.
Harris wants to bring in opt-out organ donation system next year
Health Minister Simon Harris today launched a six-week public consultation on an opt-out organ donation scheme.
Poll: Would you opt out of a system for organ donation?
Health Minister Simon Harris plans to introduce an opt out system in Ireland in the near future.
Meet the people who are on-call 24-7 to make sure organ transplants happen
“A death has occurred, but a life is also saved and enhanced.”
'A woman has our daughter's lungs and four boys have the rest of her organs'
Nevaeh Gale-Spollen was just weeks away from her 10th brithday when she died from a brain haemorrhage.
'You can’t take your organs with you': Harris to bring in opt-out system next year
“Donating your organs is the most selfless act that anybody can actually do.”
'He was given a beyond poor chance of survival - now he urgently needs a kidney'
Sam Kinahan was born with a severe bladder defect, leaving him in end-stage renal failure.
'A part of me is with him!': Wexford father donates kidney to ailing son
Graham Bright had just begun a new job in when he ended up in St Vincent’s Hospital with end-stage kidney failure.
'I feel more alive and can think clearly': Seven members of Donegal family undergo kidney transplants
Eleven members of the family have been diagnosed with the same unusual hereditary kidney condition called Tubulo Nephritis.
'After the transplant, I looked in the mirror and my eyes weren’t yellow anymore, they were white'
Shauna Morrissey has cystic fibrosis and is campaigning for an opt-out organ donation system.
'Helen didn’t have a peaceful death, she wanted to live so much'
Helen Taylor died while waiting for a double lung transplant in 2014.
'A profound act of kindness': Doctor donates kidney to colleague
Dr Noel Howard said it was “an easy decision” to make.
Tributes paid after young Dublin boy dies while waiting for heart transplant
Gavin Coyne passed away yesterday while awaiting surgery in Freeman Hospital Newcastle.
Column: 'My mum was dying. Her heart was failing. She was bedridden until she got a new heart'
Of all the things that companies are trying to flog this Valentine’s Day, the best gift is your heart. Your actual pound-of-flesh beating heart.
'New lease of life': Seriously ill Meath boy doing well after uncle donates kidney
The father of Myles Jordan said that the boy is doing incredibly well after receiving a life-saving kidney transplant.