COOKIES ON Westmeath Independent

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Westmeath Independent website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.


Local transplant brothers to feature on tv programme tonight

Thursday, 18th January, 2018 9:26am

Local transplant brothers to feature on tv programme tonight

Ear to the Ground presenter Ella McSweeney pictured with Sean and Seamus Fitzpatrick from Mount Temple.

Two farming brothers from Mount Temple who were involved in only the seventh kidney transplant in Ireland will feature on TV's popular Ear to the Ground series tonight.

The remarkable organ donation story of Sean and Seamus Fitzpatrick will be highlighted on tonight's edition of the show on RTE 1 at 8.30pm by presenter Ella McSweeney who recently travelled to their local farm.
Sean Fitzpatrick was just nine years old when he became sick but it wasn’t until he was 16, after a car crash, that they discovered his kidneys were failing.
Seven years later Sean was told he needed a transplant, and after testing, his brother Seamus stepped up and donated his kidney to his younger brother.
That was back in 1975 and it was the 7th transplant to happen in Ireland.
Back in 1964 the very first kidney transplant was performed in Ireland, and up to 2016 there have been 4,843 transplants here.
With hundreds of people per year on the waiting list there is a constant need for donors.

Post a Comment

blog comments powered by Disqus