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Parents of Belfast boy needing new heart in plea over organ donor campaign

A campaign to increase the number of lifesaving organ transplants in Northern Ireland has been hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The parents of a three-year-old boy who needs a heart transplant have appealed to politicians to ensure the issue remains on the agenda, despite the challenges facing the health service.

They were speaking as the laws in England changed so that people now have to opt out of donating their organs for transplant, known as Max and Kiera’s Law. Full Story Here

Donate4Dáithí talks to U105

With soft opt out coming into effect yesterday in England, with Max and Keira’s Law, Dáithí’s daddy, Máirtín, joined Frank Mitchell today on U105 calling for similar laws in the North. Listen Here

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NI risks being ‘left behind’ on organ donation, warns family of little Dáithí

The family of Dáithí Mac Gabhann, who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and has already undergone a number of major surgeries, were due to meet with Northern Ireland health minister Robin Swann in March as part of their campaign for a ‘soft opt-out’ organ donation system.

While the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of that meeting, the Mac Gabhann family have continued their campaign for the laws to be updated. Full Story Here

Family of Dáithí Mac Gabhann tell of disappointment that organ transplant network could be shut down as a result of Covid-19

THE family of a young west Belfast boy have told of their disappointment after learning that the UK’s organ transplant network could be forced to shut down as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Dáithí Mac Gabhann, who is three-and-a-half, is on the heart transplant register. He was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and has already undergone a number of major surgeries. Full Story Here

Mid and East Antrim Council backs opt-out organ donation motion.

Cllr Friary tabled the item in support of the Donate4Dáithí led by the family of three-year-old Daithí Mac Gabhann who is currently waiting for a lifesaving heart transplant.

Speaking at the monthly meeting, Councillor Friary said: “Soft opt-out organ donation is a system where it is assumed everyone has given their consent to be an organ donor, unless otherwise stated.

“Currently, we only have the opt-in system. Research shows that countries with a soft opt-out system in place leads to a higher number of organ donations.

“This proposal is not just a call for legislation to be introduced but for a high-profiled communication and awareness-raising strategy to begin pre and post introduction.

“It is also a call for further investment in our health system to bring about the recruitment of specialist organ donation nurses and for further investment in our intensive care units.

“Whilst this is a legislative issue which needs to be addressed in the Assembly, I’m asking that we, across all our parties encourage our members, support base and wider society to register themselves as organ donors in the absence of soft opt-out legislation and begin to have those sensitive conversations.

“We at local Council level have an important role in supporting and lobbying on such serious issues.”

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Three-year-old Dáithí floors Olympic medallist Barnes

Little Dáithí MacGabhann steals the show at the Ulster Elite Boxing finals in Belfast by sending Olympic Games bronze medallist Paddy Barnes crashing to the canvas. The three-year-old, who requires a heart transplant after being born with a congenital defect, threw a few sweet jabs before a big hook accounted for Barnes. Dáithí got the biggest cheer of the evening from the Ulster Hall crowd. Watch Here

3-year-old Dáithí Mac Gabhann stops Paddy Barnes to steal Ulster Elite show

Young Dáithí Mac Gabhann got the Ulster Elite Boxing finals off to a knockout start at the Ulster Hall tonight. The 3-year-old stole the show at the Ulster Elite Boxing finals in Belfast by sending Olympic Games bronze medallist Paddy Barnes crashing to the canvas. The three-year-old, who requires a heart transplant after being born with a congenital defect, went straight at the former world title challenger and decorated amateur, the pair traded blows before a big hook accounted for Barnes and prompted the biggest cheer of an action packed night. Full Story Here

West Belfast toddler Dáithí Mac Gabhann takes to the ring with boxer Paddy Barnes

WEST Belfast toddler Dáithí Mac Gabhann took to the ring with boxer Paddy Barnes last night, knocking him to the floor at the Ulster Hall. The three-year-old stole the show at the Ulster Elite Boxing finals as he faced the Olympic Games bronze medallist. And it was the little boy who got the biggest cheer of the night as he sent Barnes to the floor with a few cheeky jabs as he made his ring debut at the famous Belfast venue. Born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, Dáithí has already undergone a number of major surgeries and has been on the waiting list for a new heart for more than 600 days. Full Story Here

Kids get Lord Mayor to Rock Red in Feb! – Children’s Heartbeat Trust

Little five year old Molly McKnight from Carnmoney and three year old Dáithí Mac Gabhann from Belfast were on hand recently to help the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Daniel Baker pick out something red to wear as part of the charity’s Rock Red Friday campaign. Full Story Here

Pool on the Heart Strings – Kevin Palmer

Our campaign recently had a two page feature in the Sunday World after our recent trip to Anfield to watch Liverpool Vs Shrewbury in the FA Cup. We are delighted with the two page spread from Kevin Palmer, and can’t thank him enough for the spread. Full Story Here