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29/07/2021

UPDATE: Kildare's Orla Tinsley's double lung transplant completed

Lucky number 7

Double lung transplant is a go for Kildare's Orla Tinsley in US

Orla Tinsley

Orla Tinsley's double lung transplant is now complete and she is currently in the recovery room in New York's Presbyterian Hospital.

Only this morning, the news broke that a suitable pair of lungs had been found from a donor and that the transplant would proceed. It was the seventh time she had been called in for a transplant. On six previous occasions, the donor lungs were deemed unsuitable.  

Now it's been reported on her Facebook page that the operation is completed.

The renowned Cystic Fibrosis campaigner, had previously issued an appeal from her US hospital bed for members of the public to carry organ donor cards.

The Kildare woman, who has been at the forefront of the fight for improved services for Cystic Fibrosis patients in Ireland, was waiting on a desperately-needed lung transplant in New York-Presbyterian hospital.

She has been on the list for a double lung transplant since earlier this year and had dubbed the latest call 'lucky number 7'. 

Orla tweeted her delight last night.

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