December, 2018

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Transplant list toddler helps reopen Belfast charity shop closed by Primark fire

Belfast Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey and Dáithí Mac Gabhann alongside his parents Seph and Máirtín join BHF shop staff and volunteers to cut the ribbon at the new popup shop in Fountain Street. Full Story Here

£250,000 fund aims to increase NI organ donations

Fourteen people in Northern Ireland died last year while waiting for an organ transplant, and now a new £250,000 fund aims to promote donation. The development marks the first time there has been a dedicated recurrent fund designed to sustain the promotion of organ donation. Two-year-old Dáithí Mac Gabhann is just one of the many people desperately in need of an organ donation – in his case, a heart. Watch Video Here

Toddler Dáithí’s only hope is new heart

Little Daithi MacGabhann was the star of the show at the launch of a new policy to increase the number of organ donors in Northern Ireland. Born with a congenital heart defect, the west Belfast two-year-old had his first open heart surgery when he was just five days old. He almost died as a result of the operation. Full Story Here

Parents touched by organ donation decisions urge families to discuss the issue

West Belfast parents Máirtín Mac Gabhann and Seph Ní Mhealláin, whose young son Dáithí is currently on the waiting list for a heart transplant, have led a high-profile campaign to promote organ donation.

“We just want to raise a bit of awareness and to get people thinking about the question of organ donation – that the option is there to save lives,” said Ms Ní Mhealláin. Full Story Here

Families impacted by organ donation urge people to discuss wishes

FAMILIES impacted by organ donation have urged people to discuss their wishes with relatives as new funds to promote the life-saving decision were announced. The parents of a two year-old boy awaiting a heart transplant joined with a mother whose late daughter’s organs were donated as they tried to raise awareness around the emotive issue. Full Story Here