November, 2019

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Parents of toddler urgently requiring life-saving transplant appeal for organ donation reform in NI

The parents of a toddler who urgently requires a life-saving heart transplant have appealed to the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health to overhaul the system on organ donation in Northern Ireland as reported by the Irish News. Three-year-old Dáithí Mac Gabhann from west Belfast was given just a 10 per cent chance of survival due to a rare form of congenital heart disease. LISTEN HERE

Three-year-old Dáithí’s parents in plea to health chief over organ donation

THE parents of a three-year-old boy who urgently requires a life-saving heart transplant have appealed to the most powerful figure in the health service to overhaul the north’s system on organ donation. Dáithí Mac Gabhann from west Belfast was given just a 10 per cent chance of survival after surgery at four-days-old due to a rare form of congenital heart disease. Defying the odds and astounding medics, the bi-lingual dinosaur-mad boy has just started an Irish-medium ‘Naíonra’ (playschool) where he is “thriving and loving making new friends”, according to his mother, Seph Ní Mhealláin. Full Story Here

Party leaders back family’s plea for NI soft opt-out organ donation procedure

A campaign to increase the number of people saved by organ donation has received a major boost, it can be revealed today. The parents of a three-year-old west Belfast boy who needs a heart transplant have managed to garner cross-party support for their campaign for the introduction of soft opt-out legislation in Northern Ireland. A letter calling for the Department of Health to look at the issue has been signed by all political parties and sent to the most senior civil servant in the health service. It is the latest step by Máirtán Mac Gabhann and Seph Ní Mhealláin in their determined campaign to increase the number of life-saving organ transplants that are carried out. Full Story Here

Arlene Foster calls for organ donation policy review

DUP leader Arlene Foster has called for a review of Northern Ireland’s organ donation rules after her party met with the family of a Belfast boy who needs a heart transplant. The family of Dáithí Mac Gabhann, who requires a transplant due to a condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, recently met with the DUP’s health spokesperson Paula Bradley about the party’s organ donation policy. Dáithí’s family have been campaigning for an ‘opt out’ rather than the current ‘opt in’ organ donation system and have gained the backing of all the parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly, with the exception of the DUP. Full Story Here

Sunderland AFC get behind Donate4Dáithí campaign as Ballymurphy youngster continues fight for new heart

Brave Belfast youngster Dáithí Mac Gabhann was given the VIP treatment as he visited Sunderland AFC at the weekend to watch them take on Leicester City. The three-year-old from Ballymurphy was invited as a special guest where he met club legends and was given the chance to bond with goal scorer Chris Maguire who paid him a visit after the final whistle. Full Story Here

Sunderland AFC: Brave Dáithí’s night to remember

Brave youngster Dáithí Mac Gabhann was special guest at the Stadium of Light earlier this week. The three-year-old was born with a condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which means that Dáithí was born with half a working heart and now requires a heart transplant. Full Story Here