15-year-old recounts the double lung transplant that saved his life

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Dean O'Connor and his father Brian with Ray D'Arcy

A 15-YEAR-old boy who had a double lung transplant spoke about his operation and recovery today and made a call for people to become organ donors.

Dean O’Connor returned home from Newcastle on Monday after he was flown there for the operation on Christmas Eve.

He has suffered from cystic fibrosis his whole life, and his lung capacity was at 29% and declining before he received his new lungs, which were provided by an anonymous donor in England.

Speaking on RTÉ’s the Ray D’Arcy Show , Dean talked about his life before and after the transplant. He said that throughout his entire life he was always able to do less than others:

“Say if I was was getting IV antibiotics,” said Dean. Continue reading