Aidan’s transplant new lease of life for family, says father

EVENING ECHO | Sarah Horgan
Aidan O’Brien, Bottlehill, Burnfort, who had a kidney transplant in February, pictured with his parents, Steven and Vicki.Picture: Denis Minihane
THE FATHER of a young boy recovering from a kidney transplant has credited a living donor with giving his family their lives back.

Cork City firefighter Steven O'Brien's nine-year-old son Aidan suffers from a rare kidney condition known as Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis and had required a dialysis machine in the 18 months leading up to his transplant. It was initially hoped that one of Aidan's aunts - identical twins Emily Barrett and Evelyn Burke - would be a match for the transplant. However, in an unexpected twist, Emily's husband Tommy Barrett surfaced as the only suitable donor.

“The three of them were tested together. Evelyn and Emily were almost fighting over who donated,” Mallow local Steven laughed. Continue reading
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