Surgeons at the Mater hospital in Dublin have performed an innovative new lung transplant procedure on a woman with cystic fibrosis, making it the first such operation of its kind in the country. Leigh Bagnall (20), from Drogheda, Co Louth, received donor lungs which were reconditioned outside her body before transplant to improve the quality of the organs.
A young mother from Carlow has become the first patient to undergo a heart-lung transplant in Ireland. Adrianne Roberts, 31, from Myshall, Co Carlow underwent the 18-hour transplant during the summer at the Mater University Hospital in Dublin. Details of the procedure were only released today by the hospital, to allow her time to recuperate.