KILKENNY’S miracle transplant mum told her compelling story to the nation on Friday night’s Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy.
Last month, 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. The 34-year-old secondary school teacher was accompanied by baby Ruth as she shared her story on RTE.
Supporting the proud mother and baby in the audience were 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 was 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, is due to represent Ireland at the European Transplant and Dialysis Games in Croatia later this year.
Deirdre, who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis (CF), underwent her heart and lung transplant when she was 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, died in 1991 while awaiting a lung transplant.