A Ballyragget woman who had a double kidney transplant and recently gave birth to her baby son is urging people to carry donor cards.
Emma O’Sullivan from Ballyragget underwent her first kidney transplant in 1998 and a second one in 2001.
On December 1 of this year she gave birth to baby Ewan.
Emma and her husband John attended the launch of Organ Donor Awareness Week 2014 which is organised by the Irish Kidney Association and runs until April 5.
“If I didn’t get the transplant then my son would not be here. I would encourage everyone to carry donor cards and to speak to their family about their intention to donate their organs,” she said.
Graignamanagh triple transplant woman Deirdre Roche Doherty was also at the launch with six-month-old baby Abbie.
“Every day I think about my donors when I look at my two children. I wouldn’t be here without them,” said Deirdre who is believed to be the only woman in the world to carry a successful pregnancy after undergoing a heart, double lung and kidney transplant.
Deirdre is understood to be the only woman in the world to receive a heart, lung and kidney transplant and go on to have a successful pregnancy.in her case twice as she has two daughters, Ruth (3) and Abbie.
A record number of organ transplants were carried out in 2013 despite having the same number of deceased donors as ten years previously.
With 86 deceased organ donors in both 2013 and 2003 thanks to medical advancement in Ireland, 69 more organs were transplanted last year than a decade before. A total of 294 organs were transplanted in 2013 through living and deceased organ donation including a new source of donors, cardiac death donors.
“Last year’s record figures of 294 transplants, which included 11 double transplant operations, was due to the generosity of families of 86 deceased donors,” said Irish Kidney Association Chief Executive Mark Murphy.
For more information on organ donation awareness see www.ika.ie