KILKENNY’S miracle transplant mum will appear on tonight’s Late Late show with Ryan Tubridy.
Last week, the Kilkenny People reported on the story of Graignamangah woman Deirdre Roche Doherty, who made medical history when she gave birth having previously undergone heart, lungs and kidney transplant surgery. Now, the 34-year-old secondary school teacher, accompanied by baby Ruth, will tell her compelling story to the nation live on RTE.
Supporting the proud mother and baby in the audience will be family members including Deirdre’s mother Una, her husband Brian, as well as Prof Jim Egan, who has carefully managed Deirdre’s care following her triple transplant. Also in the audience and watching with interest will be a young Dublin man, James Reynolds, who shares an unique bond with Deirdre.
They spent five days in hospital together when they were recovering from their life-saving kidney transplants, which they received from the same deceased donor. The anonymous donor will be forever in Deirdre and James’ thoughts.
James who is now enjoying life to the full will represent Ireland at the European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Croatia later this year.
Deirdre who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis (CF), underwent her heart and lung transplant when she was just 19 years of age at Great Ormond Street (in 1996). This was particularly poignant as just a few years prior to her transplant, Deirdre’s 14 year old sister, who also had CF, passed away in 1991 while awaiting a lung transplant.