Local man 'gives gift of life' to brother with kidney transplant

Joe and Fintan Clooney lighting a candle at IKA Offaly branch Christmas event
Organ Donor Awareness Week takes place from April 1-8 and this is the story of a man who selflessly donated his own kidney to save the life of his Offaly brother.

Last summer, exactly eight years to the day after Fintan Clooney, who lives in Birr, Co. Offaly, received the news that his kidney function was failing and he would need a transplant, his brother, and father of one, Joe, underwent surgery to gift one of his own kidneys to save his life.

Their story is truly incredible and begins with Joe secretly undergoing tests to determine if he was a match for Fintan. Joe Clooney, who lives in Moate, Co. Westmeath, volunteered for the rigorous testing but did not disclose this to anyone, including his ailing brother, Fintan, until it was confirmed by Beaumont Hospital that he would be a suitable match.

Eight years ago, Fintan Clooney, a 46-year-old bachelor from Birr, made an appointment to see his doctor when his legs became very swollen. His doctor, Donal O’Brien, suspected that he had kidney disease and this hunch proved to be correct when he was referred to Renal Consultant, Dr. Eoin Bergin who made the formal diagnosis following a series of tests. Continue reading
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