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Cavan transplant recipient calls for changes to organ donation in Ireland

Nov 23, 2022 13:11 By News Northern Sound
Cavan transplant recipient calls for changes to organ donation in Ireland Cavan transplant recipient calls for changes to organ donation in Ireland
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Plans to change organ donation in Ireland to a soft opt-out system are to be considered by cabinet later this month. The legislation that would cover this policy has not yet been enacted, even though it has been in the pipeline since 2016.

"I will never give up for fighting for my family and the people who have helped me"

That's the view of double lung transplant recipient David Crosby who lives in Kingscourt, Co Cavan.

Speaking to Northern Sound, the father of three revealed that as a result of the successful transplant surgery, he was able to complete three marathons soon after before contracting Covid-19 last August.

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According to David, the virus attacked his lungs and he was induced into a coma by medical staff and put on a ventilator for three weeks.

As a result, David now receives dialysis three times a week and is back on the organ donation register in the hope of receiving a kidney transplant.

Speaking to Northern Sound, David said it is "time to help people" in relation to plans to change organ donation in Ireland which are to be considered by Cabinet later this month.

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Once enacted, the bill would bring in a system of deemed or presumed consent to organ donation after a person dies - unless they had previously registered their desire not to be a donor:

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